Year of Release: 2004
Director(s): M. Night Shyamalan
Approx. Running Time: 108 minutes
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"This One Will Leave You Stunned!"
-Paul Clinton, CNN
M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense), the director who brought you the world's greatest thrillers on DVD, now creates his most thought-provoking triumph yet...breaking international records and dazzling audiences around the globe! The Village is a smart, edge-of-your-seat chiller crawling with terrifying surprises and frightening twists and turns. An isolated, tight-knit community lives in mortal fear of an oppressive evil inhabiting the forbidden forest just beyond their tiny village. So frightening that no one ventures into the woods...until one villager dares to face the unknown. With unforgettable performances froms Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody and newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, this powerful motion picture is one of Hollywood's best psychological thrillers and ranks with the best of Hitchcock!
This is a decent enough movie, I suppose, but I must admit that I never got over the disappointment that I felt when I first saw it. Being the Joaquin Phoenix freak that I am, I was excited when I saw the trailer. However, while Phoenix is prominently featured in the trailer, he doesn't get much screen time (and even less lines) in the actual movie. Damn it.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)