The Sixth Sense (1999)

Sixth Sense, The (1999, USA) C-106m. *** D: M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment, Donnie Wahlberg, Mischa Barton, Glenn Fitzgerald. Unique, chilling psycho drama about child psychologist Willis, whose life changes drastically after one of his former patients nearly kills him. He accepts the case of nine year-old Osment, who is continually afraid and terrified - the explanation for which shall not be revealed here. The treatment of the boy results in neglecting his own wife (Williams), and soon the case becomes very, very strange. Some dramatic flaws are offset by genuine creepy atmosphere and a brilliant ending that, if you think about it, is not entirely logical, but will send shivers up and down your spine. Osment is a stand-out as the suffering child, Willis adequate as the psychologist. Screenplay by director Shyamalan, who also appears briefly as a doctor. Fine photography by Tak Fujimoto.


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