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February 05, 2005

The Village - 7

I really like story and ideas that this movie engages. It is the question of the separating line between good and evil. Is it an external thing from a community or internal to it? These are good questions, and Shyamalan engages them well. This film is a much better sociological study than most movies similar to it, and is actually somewhat similar to The Stepford Wives. It is about a community that has separated itself, because of the belief that the good life cannot be had in mass, but instead in small communities of families. Because of the previews, people have the idea that this is a horror, it is not. It has suspenseful elements due to the way the story is told, which is done well, and is M. Night Shyamalan's signature (His other movies are good as well, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs). This film also has very believable characters, It will definitely be a conversation starter about how we choose to live life, how we form communities, and long for better lives of future generations.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I really love this movie and love to watch it with others who have never seen it before. I feel like I am setting friends up on a blind date. I really like both the movie and the people and just want them to like it so much at the end!
I think it sparks very interesting conversation about community and living in an intentional commuity myself, it has made me think a lot about my own situation.
Rachel McCowin

Amy said...

I had more fun gearing up to watch this movie then I had watching it. I didn't know about the twist but it seemed almost natural by the time we got to it. I don't think its a good idea to be so out of touch with the world that you let people die because you lack simple medicine. I believe it's important to teach the next generation and hope that they will slowly begin to help change things. Living in insolation seems so extreme. It also raises a good point, no matter how much you think you've protected yourself the unexpected happens. Humanity hurts itself, its inevidable.