The Sixth Sense

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The Sixth Sense is a 1999 psychological horror drama film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.  The plot follows a boy named Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), who can see and communicate with the dead.  Dr. Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a psychologist who tries to help Cole after failing a previous patient named Vincent.  Malcom’s wife hardly talks to him, and he is constantly troubled about his failure to help Vincent.  Cole’s mother thinks he is delusional and tries to get help for him.  Malcolm tries to understand Cole’s ability, and prompts him to actually try to communicate with the dead, even though he is terrified upon seeing them.  Cole eventually gains the trust of Malcolm and his mother.

This is a very emotional movie, and has an ingenious ending.  Parts of the movie are disturbing, but some of the disturbing scenes in the film end up with an oddly happy solution.  These scenes that end up like this show how Cole learns to utilize his ability to help the dead.  Eventually, his helping of the dead end up with positive solutions for the living.  Shyamalan did an interesting method of displaying certain scenes at random in the movie, such as Malcom’s nightmares, and uses the same scenes later in the movie, but they are extended to show solutions that are essential to the plot.  It is better that the scenes are set up in this way because Shyamalan reveals all you need to know about a certain character in one short scene, but reveals an even bigger truth about them as the scene is shown again later.

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