Today I watched the movie – The Village. I think it’s one of the most anticipated movie of the year since there’s a big hush-hush around it. M. Night Shyamalan, the man who brought us “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” and “Signs,” is behind all of these movies. “Night” as many people call him, has assembled many big stars to screen his idea of “thriller.” There are Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt… and of course the brilliant newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard (the daugther of filmmaker Ron Howard).
It is a thrilling tale about a quiet, isolated village in old Pennsylvania confronting the astonishing truth that just lies outside its borders. At first glance, this village seems picture perfect, but this close-knit community lives with the frightening knowledge that creatures reside in the surrounding woods. There lies a pact between the people of the village and the creatures who reside in the surrounding woods: the townspeople do not enter the woods, and the creatures do not enter the village. The evil and foreboding force is so unnerving that none dare venture beyond the borders of the village and into the woods. The pact stays true for many years, but when Lucius Hunt seeks medical supplies from the towns beyond the wood, the pact is challenged. Animal carcasses, devoid of fur, begin to appear around the village, causing the council of elders to fear for the safety of the village, the pact, and so much more. His bold move threatens to forever change the future of the village… until he himself is seriously wounded by mentally-challenged Noah Percy who is jealous of Ivy’s love for Lucius. The blind but brave Ivy Walker then steps beyond the boundaries of the town and into the unknown… I won’t reveal the plots and ending here… it’s better if you watch the movie yourself.
For some people his films are so boring, but for me his films are a few of the most innovative and original films in this time. It has touched my heart and mind in a subtle yet impressive way. He always has a big theme that underlies all his films… ghosts and family in “The Sixth Sense”… the world of comic books and mortality in “Unbreakable”… aliens and faith in “Signs”… and now it’s about the power of love and what it can do and overcome in “The Village”.
I came to see “The Village” with a feeling that I’d see the scariest Gothic horror movie of the century 🙂 and kept my distance in the knowledge that it would hoodwink me and that the entire thing was a set-up to catch me out. However, as the story unraveled and I immersed deeply into the emotion… I admitted that it’s a beautiful film… The twist of the ending is so smart that I was caught off guard in a quiet way! I left the theatre with a tinge of melancholy and a sense of awe… It is not only about the power of love but also about those people… who as community living in fear, not the monsters of which they have been warned; it is about the psychology of fear rather than a horrific portrayal of it. I guess I’ve tempted you enough to see the movie 🙂
For my friends in Indonesia:
Kalo film “The Village” (by M. Night Shyamalan) udah maen di Indo, pada nonton ya! Menurutku bagus deh, banyak metafora yg digambarkan dg begitu sempurna… dan yg penting seperti banyak film Night yg lain… selalu ada yg nggak kita sangka2 🙂 🙂 Cuma kalo aku ceritakan disini, bisa nggak seru lagi waktu nontonnya… ibu2 hamil jangan nonton ya 🙂 🙂
Ini bukan pesan sponsor lho… tapi dg 4 film-nya Night sudah menciptakan trend tersendiri untuk film horror… 20 taon dari sekarang mungkin orang akan melihatnya sebagai Hitchcock awal abad 21. Walau ada sih emang yg ngedumel waktu film-nya selesai: “This movie’s just wasting my time.” He, he, he,….