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The Village

The Village

M Night Shyamalan (2004)

103min
12 Certificate
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M Night Shyamalan's reputation has been built on his way with a twist ending, and this unlikely cross between Lost Horizon and Alien continues the tradition set by The Sixth Sense and Signs. Set in an unspecified time and place, this beautifully photographed tale concerns an isolated rural community that seems idyllic - except for the mysterious creatures that inhabit the surrounding woods. The villagers respect the territory of these rarely seen beings, but the uneasy truce is challenged when Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) steps across the boundary line. Shyamalan uses just about every trick in the book to create a sense of unease - spooky woods, creepy music and things that literally go bump in the night - and his cast performs admirably, particularly newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard (daughter of director Ron Howard). However, in trying to top his previous films, Shyamalan piles on the twists until the story buckles - this time, perhaps, less would have been more.

Summary

The peaceful rustic existence of villagers living a seemingly idyllic life in a remote 19th-century settlement comes under threat when an age-old truce with the creatures of the forest is broken by a headstrong young man. M Night Shyamalan's horror thriller, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver.

Cast & Crew

Lucius Hunt Joaquin Phoenix
Ivy Walker Bryce Dallas Howard
Noah Percy Adrien Brody
Edward Walker William Hurt
Alice Hunt Sigourney Weaver
August Nicholson Brendan Gleeson
Mrs Clack Cherry Jones
Mrs Walker Jayne Atkinson
Kitty Walker Judy Greer
Jamison Jesse Eisenberg
Finton Coin Michael Pitt
Director M Night Shyamalan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 20 Aug 2004

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