The Village (2004)
IMDb Rating 6.6
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Adrien Brody Noah Percy
Judy Greer
Bryce Dallas Howard Ivy Walker
William Hurt Edward Walker
Jayne Atkinson
Frank Collison Victor
Jesse Eisenberg
Brendan Gleeson August Nicholson
Charlie Hofheimer
Cherry Jones Mrs. Clack
Joaquin Phoenix Lucius Hunt
Sigourney Weaver Alice Hunt
Celia Weston Vivian Percy
Even when his trademark twist-ending formula wears worrisomely thin as it does in The Village, M. Night Shyamalan is a true showman who knows how to serve up a spookfest. He's derailed this time by a howler of a "surprise" lifted almost directly from "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim," an episode of The Twilight Zone starring Cliff Robertson that originally aired in 1961. Even if you're unfamiliar with that Rod Serling scenario, you'll have a good chance of guessing the surprise, which ranks well below The Sixth Sense and Signs on Shyamalan's shock-o-meter. That leaves you to appreciate Shyamalan's proven strengths, including a sharp eye for fear-laden compositions, a general sense of unease, delicate handling of fine actors (alas, most of them wasted here, save for Bryce Dallas Howard in a promising debut), and the cautious concealment of his ruse, which in this case involves a 19th-century village that maintains an anxious truce with dreadful creatures that live in the forbidden woods nearby. Will any of this take anyone by genuine surprise? That seems unlikely, since Emperor Shyamalan has clearly lost his clothes in The Village, but it's nice to have him around to scare us, even if he doesn't always succeed. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Mystery; Thriller
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Producer Sam Mercer; Scott Rudin; M. Night Shyamalan
Writer M. Night Shyamalan
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 108 mins
Movie Release Date 7/30/2004
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 765
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 8/23/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
UPC (Barcode) 786936242867
Release Date 1/11/2005
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Deleted Scenes Introduced by the Director M. Night Shyamalan
Deconstructing The Village: The Making of the Movie
M. Night Home Movie
Production Photo Gallery
Bryce's Diary
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