The Sixth Sense

Western Times - - LIFE | TV GUIDE -

Mon­day, eleven, 8.30pm, M (1999)

Direc­tor M. Night Shya­malan be­came pretty much a house­hold name be­cause of this knock­out. Young­ster Ha­ley Joel Os­ment suf­fers in be­wil­dered si­lence at his abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with the re­cently de­ceased, un­til child psy­chol­o­gist Bruce Wil­lis (pic­tured with Os­ment) en­ters his life with the of­fer to help him deal with it. The act­ing is strong but sub­dued, and ex­tra marks to Toni Col­lette as Os­ment’s dis­traught sin­gle mother. One of the most in­tel­li­gent and re­ward­ing sus­pense films in decades, and one that sin­glewil­t­ing hand­edly raised a genre from the dead with a twist that has since in­spired many copy­cats.

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