Year of Release: 2002
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Approx. Running Time: 106 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
From M. Night Shyamalan, the writer/director of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, comes the story of the Hess family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One morning they wake up to find a 500-foot crop circle in their backyard.
Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his family are told extraterrestrials are responsible for the sign in their field. They watch the news as crop circles are soon found all over the world.
Signs is the emotional story of one family on one farm as they encounter the possibility the world is being invaded.
"It's easy for a filmmaker to blow up the world - but what Shyamalan does is much riskier. He tries to blow our minds. I was engaged by every inch of Signs." - Richard Roeper, Ebert and Roeper
Although this is essentially a Sci-Fi/Suspense movie, it carries an underlying message about faith. The main character, Graham, is a former reverend who gave up his faith after the death of his wife, who was accidentally killed by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.
But when the aliens invade, all the things that seemed unusual - or even wrong - about the members of his family fall into place to help them all to survive. And Graham is forced to question whether it was all coincidence or an act of God that made the events unfold as they did.
The movie itself is creepy and suspenseful without being at all in your face. The characters are well devoloped for this genre of film and the dialogue is both emtional and, at times, witty. All in all, it's a very well made film that will keep you entertained.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)