The Sixth Sense (1999) Review

Warning: This review will contain spoilers.

Soylent Green
Not just for this movie, either

Let’s get this out of the way early: I saw the twist coming. Everytime I tell someone that, however, they reply with “Yeah, SUUURE you did… douche.” But here’s the thing, I did see it coming. And it had nothing to do with me picking up small contextual clues or reading into the movie.

It’s because this movie’s twist is exactly the same as “The Tale of the Dream Girl”, an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? from 1992.

That’s right… M Night’s best film was a rip off of a mediocre Nickelodeon show.

M Night
“What a twist!”

With all that said, it really is a well made film. It’s tense, scary, and very well directed. (What the hell happened to you, M Night? You used to be so good, but after Unbreakable, everything has been shit.)

A lot of the credit has to go to Haley Joel Osment. He fills his performance with subtlety, which is amazing when you realize he was 11 at the time. Watch the film again after you know the big twist, and you’ll see he plays his part perfectly.

Also, if you want to weird people out, tell them that Haley Joel Osment is in his 20′s now. WEIRD.

Haley Joel Osment

The Sixth Sense is a film that actually surpasses the twist. Which is why it’s so depressing that M Night Shyamalan used that trope so often in his films. Every new M Night movie that came out carried the question “What’s the twist this time?” Thankfully, now M Night is leaning on a new cliche: Every new film brings the question “Just how shitty will this one be?”

Last Airbender
Answer: Very shitty

Final verdict: The Sixth Sense really is a great movie that still holds up well today. Even if you know the twist. So with that, Here’s every twist from movies:

It was his sled
It’s people
He was dead all along
They were all dead all along
He’s his father
He’s the bad guy
They are the same person
She dies
He dies
Everyone dies
It was Earth all along
She’s a man
He’s a woman
They live happily ever after


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