Signs is a different type of alien invasion movie for sure as it's not full of special effects and big explosions, it's not an action movie it's more of a character centered movie and it works for the most part. The movie tries to make you care for the characters and it almost works, but I think Gibson's character is a just a bit wooden, but that might be the way he's supposed to be as he is suffering a major loss, but he just really seems disconnected from life and his family. I bought it because it was on sale and I hadn't seen it in a long time and it seems I remembered it in more of a fond light that the reality. When it came out the movie was good, but it just doesn't seem to hold up. The twist ending, if you really want to call it that, doesn't make much sense and I didn't get it when I first saw it either. Aliens come and invade a planet that's over 70% water but yet water is their weakness, how does that make sense really? They have interstellar travel and all that...
In this reviewer's opinion, M. Night Shyamalan's SIGNS (2002) is his very best film.
With Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones and the director himself, as a guilt-ridden man who fell asleep behind the wheel and caused an accident that has caused Reverend Graham Hess (Gibson) to lose much more than his faith in the Almighty.
Graham can no longer function as a minister, and now believes hiimself an atheist. He hasn't any qualms about cursing a God that would allow such tragedy to occur.
Phoenix, as Merrill Hess, Graham's younger brother, is a failed minor league baseball player. His weakness was swinging at bad pitches and striking out too much. But when Merrill connected... that pill flew a mile!
On a lazy late summer day in rural Pennsylvania, eerie things start occurring on the Hess farm: a family dog goes violently mad, crop circles appear in the corn field, and seemingly invisible late night prowlers...
I have a certain affection for this movie because it features enough sci-fi elements to suit me. But it is by no means a masterpiece of filmmaking. For everything that it does right, it does just as many things completely wrong. The plotting is a little heavy-handed and plodding, slapped around by one flashback too many at all the wrong times. Sometimes it's a bit too coy with the suspense then it clumsily shoves it right in your face. The worst performance of the piece was the stiff unnatural turn by director M. Night Shyamalan who should have fired himself and hired someone that could actually assemble enough attributes to appear lifelike. The best performance was done by the magnificent Cherry Jones as police office Caroline Paski (more scenes of her character would have been greatly appreciated). Best use of a cornfield, I'll admit that (and as someone who once ran through a cornfield, let me tell you, it hurts!). As an almost `end of the world' scenario, it was quite...
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