Evie Totty: “It sucked.”
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Erik Bates: I thought I saw this one... maybe I rented it and fell asleep. I'm having my own personal Mandela effect with this movie right now, and it's bothering me. − December 10, 2019 more by Erik
Scott Hardie: I refused to see this after the garbage ending of Split. Then it came out and I read the plot summary online and I was really glad that I didn't bother, for the reasons that Evie cited in her review. So frustrating!
It's like M. Night Shyamalan can't help himself. For all of his genuine talent as a filmmaker, he just can't help shooting himself in the foot with terrible twists and other bad storytelling choices. He badly needs to direct someone else's writing. (I thought I heard that his films The Last Airbender and/or After Earth were written by other people, and neither of those exactly have a reputation for excellence, but I see online that he has a writing credit on both, so I don't know.) He also needs to stay away from the supernatural and try straight drama again; he was decent at it in the nineties. I would argue that The Sixth Sense was so good, and remains his sole respectable title, because it's grounded in realistic characters experiencing realistic emotions, despite the genre material going on around them. Since the nineties, he has gradually lost all touch with how realistic humans behave, and what an audience needs in order to connect with his characters. − December 10, 2019 more by Scott