Story: A small peaceful community lives in fear of “those we don’t speak of” – the inhabitants of the surrounding woods. When one of the villagers is stabbed in a jealousy crime, his blind fiance ventures into the woods, hoping to reach the next town for medicine. That is, if “those we don’t speak of” let her pass.
The Film Itself: First off, I may be biased here because I love everything that M. Night Shyamalan does. I don’t understand people or the backlash that surrounded this movie! It’s a great film! Equally as stylish and unique as his previous films. M. Night is an excellent visual storyteller, and The Village is no exception to what we’ve come to expect from him. There’s not a “twist” ending, ala The Sixth Sense, but numerous plot twists during the 2nd & 3rd acts, and THAT in itself makes it a very entertaining film to watch. The cast, much like his previous films is phenomenal. William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody. Joaquin Phoenix (returning from M. Night’s Signs) steals the show for the first half of the movie. And new-comer (at least to screen) Bryce Dallas Howard hold her own for the second half of the picture. The moment where the stabbing takes place is one of those shocking moments. But what I loved about it, is that it’s the point where the love story that’s been hinted at thru-out the duration of the movie takes front and center. There’s some fun little suspenseful scares, that come courtesy of “those we don’t speak of”, but once you reach the end of the film, you’ll probably look at it in an entirely different way. Again, this isn’t exactly a horror film, but it follows M. Night’s “Twilight Zone” style writing. And it’s just a good movie!
Special Features: Like all of M. Night’s films, there’s plenty of excellent special feature material here. There are a number of making of featurettes covering everything about the production, including building the village sets, the casting, making-of, etc. M. Night throws in one of his childhood short films, which is him playing Indiana Jones. It’s humorous and worth watching at least once to see where he came from. – robg.