The Village

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The Village is appropriately creepy, but Shyamalan's signature twist ending disappoints.

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M. Night Shyamalan, the creative mind behind The Sixth Sense and Signs, wrote and directed this characteristically atmospheric thriller. The rustic village of Covington is a small town in rural Pennsylvania that is home to 60 souls. The citizens of Covington lead a quiet and peaceful life, but not without an unusual caveat -- terrible creatures lurk just outside the borders of the village, and the people of Covington have reached an agreement of sorts with the beasts, in which they are allowed to go about their business as long as they never cross the village's boundaries. However, this precarious balance is upset when a headstrong young man, Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), decides to find out what lies outside Covington, and unwittingly invites the wrath of the creatures upon the town. The Village also stars Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Adrien Brody, Judy Greer, and Bryce Dallas Howard; both Kirsten Dunst and Ashton Kutcher were at one time attached to the project, but both left the cast before filming began.

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
as Lucius Hunt
Adrien Brody
as Noah Percy
William Hurt
as Edward Walker
Sigourney Weaver
as Alice Hunt
Brendan Gleeson
as August Nicholson
Cherry Jones
as Mrs. Clack
Celia Weston
as Vivian Percy
Jayne Atkinson
as Tabitha Walker
Judy Greer
as Kitty Walker
Fran Kranz
as Christop Crane
Michael Pitt
as Finton Coin
Zach Wall
as Donald
Scott Sowers
as Man with the Raised Eyebrows
Jordan Burt
as 12-Year-Old Boy
Jane Lowe
as Brown-Eyed Girl
Charlie McDermott
as 10-Year-Old Boy
Robert Lenzi
as Young Man
Liz Stauber
as Beatrice
Tim Moyer
as Flustered Man
Sydney Shapiro
as Oldest Walker Daughter
Mia Rose Colona
as Middle Walker Daughter
Chloe Wieczkowski
as Youngest Walker Daughter
Sydney Wieczkowski
as Youngest Walker Daughter
John Rusk
as Town Crier
Joey Anaya
as Those We Don't Speak Of
Kevin Foster
as Those We Don't Speak Of
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Critic Reviews for The Village

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  • Nov 26, 2017
    Atmospheric and full of intrigue, The Village is a suspense thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. The story follows a small, agrarian village that lives in peace with mysterious creatures that inhabit the woods that surround it, until a rebellious young man ventures too far into the woods, breaking the long-held truce between the village and the creatures. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, and Adrien Brody, the film has quite an impressive cast. Howard in particular is especially good; giving a remarkably compelling performance. And the writing does a good job at teasing out the mystery of the creatures and the village. But (because it's Shyamalan) a twist is expected from the start, and it ends up being a fairly predictable and underwhelming one. He even tries for a double twist that doesn't work at all. Yet despite its weak twist, The Village has an interesting message about violence and the pursuit of innocents and hope.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2016
    As people keep saying, The Village was let down by its ending because it was promoted as a horror film. Ignore this and you do have a very creepy, mysterious movie, well acted and well shot. It is a decent film but doesn't really pull it off at the end.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2016
    It's definitely an original idea and an original film. When I first saw the plot twist it made the film more realistic, but when you think about it more and more it starts to make no sense at all. Sometimes I had trouble understanding the medieval dialog of this movie. Most of the time the movie bored me.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2015
    Not the worst Shymalan film out there but it's a good thing I didn't see it in theaters when it came out. I would've been extremely disappointed. The Village has the potential to be an excellent film...if it was directed by someone else. It's not a bad story, but the revelations and twists (which are what Shymalan is known for, so this is ironic) are handled very badly. He chooses to reveal halfway through the film that the monsters aren't real, which is pointless, and totally ruins the suspense for the audience, since they're now aware that there's no danger to the characters. The whole "modern times" reveal is completely botched...I mean, you reveal that it's 2004 in the film by showing a park ranger in a jeep? Why the fuck would you do that? I can think of a dozen ways just off the top of my head that would be a better way to do this. So again, this isn't the worst film out there (or even the worst Shymalan film, thankfully), but it just could've been so much better.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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