I saw The Sixth Sense in the theater, at least I think I did, when it first came out and really enjoyed it. Most famous for its iconic twist and making M. Night Shyamalan’s career, I’ve not seen it again since. I wanted to show this film to my daughter and I have plans on teaching this to my students next year so I recently bought it on Amazon. The film holds up pretty well and even made me remember why I was a Bruce Willis fan for so long and I give the Sixth Sense the Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy rating.
Sixth Sense Summary
Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is a troubled boy with a secret and is often called “freak” by his classmates. Dr. Malcolm Crowe is a child psychologist that is drawn to Cole because he resembles a case he once worked on and wasn’t able to help the child and views Cole as a chance for redemption.
Haley Joel Osment gives the performance of a lifetime in this film that reminds me of the quality that Jacob Tremblay gave in Room. Osment is a believable character throughout the film and definitely helps establish the tone of the film. He also delivers the one of the most parodied lines from film in recent years and often quoted. This could have been the film that made him an acting icon, but lately he’s been doing some indie films like Tusk and Sex Ed. Not to say he didn’t have a healthy career growing up with A.I., Pay it Forward, and Secondhand Lions. Regardless of the films that followed, Osment owns this performance and really makes the film extremely memorable.
Watching my daughter during the big twist, which I will leave out of this review in case you haven’t seen it, was fantastic. I watched her eyes open a little wider and then listened as she worked her way through all the previous scenes and how they compiled to make this reveal make sense. It reminded me of exactly what I went through the first time I saw this film and it was great seeing her react this way. It’s a shame that Shyamalan wasn’t able to repeat the success (he did manage to repeat the same formula for most of his films) as this was such a strong debut. I am a fan of Unbreakable and may show that one to her next. Also, I liked the Village, but I can see why so many people didn’t.
If you haven’t seen the movie then it’s definitely one to check out. It’s got some scares, but it definitely falls more into a thriller than a horror film. The tension builds extremely well and then has one of the best reveals in film history. If you have seen it and it’s been a while like it was for me then it’s definitely worth a revisit.