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The Sixth Sense Movie Review

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Bruce Willis once again stays away from the Die Hard formula with The Sixth Sense, a smart and creepy thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. Willis plays a respected child psychiatrist who is trying to work his way past a painful memory and overcome a failing marriage. Child actor Haley Joel Osment plays Cole, the boy Willis wants to help (both for the kid's sake and for his own), and the boy who sees dead people.

The story is simple: A psychiatrist sets out to help a a boy and ends up learning he sees dead people. But the movie is much more than that. At the beginning, as the camera lurks through the house following people, similar to a Hitchcock movie, it is unclear whether the movie is going to use jump tactics or not. Throughout the movie the director sets and plays on a suspenseful and creepy atmosphere without actually having anything to fear. But, after the boy reveals his secret, things start becoming scary (especially one specific instance). The ghosts begin to appear and, while they are not jumping out of dark corners ready to scare, they are creepy in essence. Still, The Sixth Sense was never meant to be a scary movie, but it is a ghost story. And an original one at that. Nobody will forget its ending, because, frankly, it puts The Usual Suspects to shame. The Sixth Sense has one of the best surprise endings ever.

While Bruce Willis has established himself, a round of applause has to be given to Haley Joel Osmet. His acting is superb, sharp, and witty, and he plays write up there with Willis himself. There aren't too many child actors who could have pulled off the emotions required for this movie, but Osmet pulls it off smoothly.

The Sixth Sense is an excellent movie. Don't be afraid when you sense that this movie is going to have a flat ending, because it will surprise you when it comes. And that's what The Sixth Sense is all about. The ending.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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