The Sixth Sense (1999)

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A child psychologist who is shot by a former patient he failed to help becomes obsessed with the case of a small boy who is exhibiting similar symptoms.

Although M. Night Shyamalan’s career has taken a turn for the worse since his halcyon days, The Sixth Sense is the film he will always be remembered for. A mix of supernatural thriller and wish fulfilment fantasy, it delivers both spine tingling chills and pushes all the right emotional buttons when presenting this sensitively told tale of a small boy who is living in constant fear of the dead who seem to be stalking him. Although the famous twist in the tale is the biggest talking point, it’s amazing how well the story stands up even when you know that it’s coming; you find yourself admiring the subtlety and cleverness of the (mis)direction and the wonderful performances; particularly Haley Joel Osment’s, which considering his age at the time is frankly astonishing.

One of the best films of its type out there and an achievement its director can be proud of despite his otherwise chequered career.

10\10

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