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#1 Posted on 31.7.04 0948.02
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Saw this movie last night. I'm a fan of M.Night's other three movies, but this one just really didn't do it for me. It wasn't BAD or anything, I was just expecting more, I guess. I think Night has "booked himself into a corner" to use wrestlespeak. Every movie of his people are going to be looking for and waiting for the twist. I figured out this twist not even half way through. And for a "twist" it's really not all that good of one.

Maybe it was just because a large group of people were being extremely loud and obnoxious for the first 15-20 minutes of the movie and ended up getting kicked out and I just never got into the movie because of that. I dunno. I'm really bad at doing "reviews" for movies because I either like a movie or I don't. This one is kind of in the middle. Maybe I need to see it again without the distractions of loud idiots or something.

What is everybody else's opinions on this film?

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#2 Posted on 31.7.04 0955.28
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I saw this movie as well. I too am a fan of his past works...this one, however is a stinker. Predictable, and borrrring as all hell.

This was the first time I have ever been to a movie that people booed at the ending. I have seen alot of bad movies, I have even been in alot of bad movies, but never before have i seen a crowd boo the end credits.

This was a "home court" for M. too, a midnight on thursday screening at the Universal City-Walk in LA. His fans, people who were cheering when the lights went dim to start the movie.

What a let down.


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#3 Posted on 31.7.04 1013.41
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I've wanted to see this movie since I saw the trailer. Could someone tell me what exactly it's about

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#4 Posted on 31.7.04 1025.53
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The short snyposis of the movie is basically a village surrounded by some mysterious woods. The movie is set in an ambiguous colonial time frame. The village has an agreement with "Those We Don't Talk About" who live in the woods. Nobody is to leave the village through the woods and those who live in the woods will not harm them. And that's about it, really, as far as what the movie is about. Of course there's plot points and development and "twists" and such, but that's really the long and short of it.

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#5 Posted on 31.7.04 1038.24
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I liked it better when it was a book called "Running Out Of Time."
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#6 Posted on 31.7.04 1038.39
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Would u reccomend seeing it, or should I go w/ Harold and Kumar.
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#7 Posted on 31.7.04 1505.13
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I have not seen Harold and Kumar yet. If you are expecting The Village to be really scary, you might be disappointed. I was interested throughout the whole movie because I liked the story and watching it unfold, but it wasn't as unnerving as some of M. Night's other work. You might be hard pressed to avoid reading spoilers on the internet, such as this thread.
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#8 Posted on 31.7.04 1521.09
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The IMDB message board is full of "fake spoilers," some of which are hilarious.
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#9 Posted on 31.7.04 1650.28
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    The IMDB message board is full of "fake spoilers," some of which are hilarious.

Can you provide a direct link to this for those of us who don't know where that particular thread is? Thanks.
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#10 Posted on 31.7.04 1750.19
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    Originally posted by Dexley's Midnight Jogger
      Originally posted by odessasteps

      The IMDB message board is full of "fake spoilers," some of which are hilarious.

    Can you provide a direct link to this for those of us who don't know where that particular thread is? Thanks.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0368447/board/thread/10546768
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#11 Posted on 31.7.04 2110.30
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*Spoilers*


Just saw it. Was kinda dissapointed. Adrien Brody is hilarious, but I predicted him being one of those guys. I also predicted who the red people were. I'd give it 2/4 stars.
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#12 Posted on 1.8.04 1624.36
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Watching this movie was like watching Apt Pupil from Bryan Singer. I love M. Night, and he really has a cool directing and visual style. The way he handled the scene with Joaquin and Adrien Brody (the stabbing) was very effective in bringing something new to a scene like that. The overhead scenes were all effectively creepy, and there was just something about the suspense that hooked me in.

The Apt Pupil comparison is because I didn't like the movie overall, but I loved Singer's direction. Same thing here. The story and its twists are SO badly done and completely unbelievable. The quick explanation given as to why this Reserve is not scrutinized closer by outside forces (trying to be somewhat vague) is preposterous.

Overall, I liked the direction but not the movie's conclusion. It is creepy enough though that I'm not upset at having spent money on it.
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#13 Posted on 1.8.04 1835.10
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The acting is very good. The direction is handled well, the cinematography was good...and the writing before the shocking swerve(s) was tight. The swerves left a little to be desired, but the acting (especially by Ron Howard's daughter, Bryce) was really solid. I recommend the movie, but the ending knocks it down a peg.
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#14 Posted on 1.8.04 2121.33
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The ending didn't bother me terribly because I nailed the surprise in the very first scene. From there, I saw this on a nice big screen with a solid sound presentation, and I was able to immerse myself into the ambience and enjoy it for what it was.

The visuals and the soundtrack were good. The love story was good, about the best thing in the script, which I otherwise found to be shallow. As the clues were laid out, they simply confirmed my guess and explained why.

The biggest mystery to me was the audience reaction to the death announced in the last scene. We laughed, yes we did. I'm not sure we were supposed to.

I think it's worth seeing once. I'm not expecting repeat business.

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#15 Posted on 2.8.04 1115.07
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Count me as one who was disappointed by this film.

I did have a few questions though, the reserve was named the Walker reserve (the last name as William Hurt's family), so was the reserve owned by those that lived in the village? For all I know this may have been made clear in the film but I had already been so put off by the flat dialogue I wasn't really paying attention by the end of the film.

Also, how was Noah (Adrian Brody's character) suddenly so competent he could find the costume, break out of the house and stalk Ivy in the woods in a convincing "creature" fashion?

And speaking of Ivy, if the patrol guard hadn't found her, how was she supposed to be able to climb back over the wall and make her way to the village after finding medicine? Wouldn't it have made more sense for one of the elders to go (like William Hurt) get some medicine, come back and lie to everyone with a story of "how the creatures chased him but he managed to survive?"

And the M. Night cameos are getting annoying, he seemed to be working so hard to have the audience not fixate on him being in his big scene that in turn was all I could fixate on.

That said, I still like M. Night's style and direction but he really should try and find a script written by someone else for his next project.
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#16 Posted on 2.8.04 1408.47
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"I did have a few questions though, the reserve was named the Walker reserve (the last name as William Hurt's family), so was the reserve owned by those that lived in the village?"

Yup. William Hurt said his dad was a Billionaire, so when he was killed, his son inherited all the money and used it to set up a ... village. thing.

"Also, how was Noah (Adrian Brody's character) suddenly so competent he could find the costume, break out of the house and stalk Ivy in the woods in a convincing "creature" fashion?"

I think the implication was that Noah had always known the costume was there. That's why he laughed whenever the spinatey dudes were around, because he knew they were fake. And he's the one who was skinning the animals and he's the one who the kids saw during Judy Greer's wedding. I have no idea how he found Ivy in the woods, unless he was going to pick more berries and she happened to be standing in a giant pile of them.

"And speaking of Ivy, if the patrol guard hadn't found her, how was she supposed to be able to climb back over the wall and make her way to the village after finding medicine?"

Uhhhhhhhhhhhh. Search me.
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#17 Posted on 2.8.04 1522.09
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    Originally posted by krakken2000
    And speaking of Ivy, if the patrol guard hadn't found her, how was she supposed to be able to climb back over the wall and make her way to the village after finding medicine?"
When (Hurt) described the road to Ivy, he didn't mention the wall. I got the impression he didn't know a wall was there in the first place, like it was added long after the village was established or something.
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#18 Posted on 2.8.04 1532.40
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    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
      Originally posted by krakken2000
      And speaking of Ivy, if the patrol guard hadn't found her, how was she supposed to be able to climb back over the wall and make her way to the village after finding medicine?"
    When (Hurt) described the road to Ivy, he didn't mention the wall. I got the impression he didn't know a wall was there in the first place, like it was added long after the village was established or something.


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