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The APAHM Project Day 8: The Sixth Sense

Film: The Sixth Sense

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Release: 2000

Where to watch it: Rent or Buy from all major platforms, or free with the Showtime Subscription

Why it made the list:

Perhaps the most notable Indian-American director, M. Night Shyamalan delivers this classic thriller which has gone on to win multiple accolades and is the second-highest grossing horror movie of all time. Although he has written, produced, and directed several films, “The Sixth Sense” seems to be his most successful and popular one.

My Thoughts:

If you have never seen this movie, stop reading. Not because I’m going to spoil it for you, because that would be mean, but because you really just need to go and watch it. This was my second time watching the film, the first being in high school or middle school, and even though I knew the plot, it still had great re-watachbility.

I’ll keep the premise brief: Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist who takes Cole (Haley Joel Osment) on as a patient who claims he can see the dead.

This movie is something I think everyone needs to watch at least once in their lives. It’s no wonder it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, because its just that, original. To come back to this movie is a great refresher of what films can be, especially when we live in a world of prequels, sequels, and remakes.

Haley Joel Osment delivers an excellent performance (seriously, his nominations list for his role of Cole is insane) at just the young age of 11. Now living in a world where a lot of child actors come from campy projects on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, it was also nice to see a child actor like Osment who restored my faith that good child actors are out there.

Does it deserve to stay on the list:

There’s so much to say about this movie but no way to say it without giving anything away. Especially since my sister, who proofreads my posts, hasn‘t seen it. Trust me when I say it’s a must-see, in case no one has ever told you this information before. “The Sixth Sense” is not Shyamalan’s first film, but it is the one that really put him on the map. From there, he has gone on to write, direct, and produce several other successful movies and TV series that range in genre from children to thriller. With this film alone, Shyamalan will go down in history, and that is enough reason for “The Sixth Sense” to stay on this list.

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