M. Night Shyamalan is back behind the camera! Quick, run! Joking aside, Shyamalan’s career is as convoluted as his signature third-act twists. Starting off with the fabulous The Sixth Sense and then almost derailing his career with catastrophic failures like The Happening, After Earth and dare I mention it, The Last Airbender, it appeared we had all but lost that once promising directorial flair.
Thankfully in 2016’s Split, Shyamalan returned to form somewhat with a nicely paced, tense thriller starring James McAvoy as Kevin, a guy with multiple personality disorder. Of course, the infamous twist, possibly Shyamalan’s best, that this film was set in the same universe as the fabulous Unbreakable was almost too much to handle. Continue reading
There are some movies that become part of pop culture forever. There are some that are a big deal for about 10 minutes, and then people forget about them. There are some, that never even get the recognition they deserve.
This is how I feel about the films of M. Night Shyamalan. Not only his first major film nominated for two Academy Awards, but it was ingrained into pop culture for the rest of time. Continue reading
Split review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
It would be like M. Night Shyamalan to throw an out-of-nowhere, poorly telegraphed plot twist into reality itself.
There he was. Hollywood’s very own Icarus. Once called the new Stanley Kubrick after two knockout classics and one overrated but still alright flick, now one of the most popular punchlines in cinema history, a man who has no editing process in his own head and will let any idea get to paper without consideration of its worth.
It is a cautionary tale of what happens when an artist is told so early in his career that he is untouchable, and then continues to believe it long after the rest of the world changes its mind. Continue reading
M Night Shyamalan is a director of two-halves. On one hand we have the man who gave us the amazing blockbusters Signs, Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense, which were met with commercial and critical success; and on the other hand we have the man who tortured the cinema-going public with abominations like The Lady in the Water, The Village and perhaps one of the worst films of all time, The Happening.
However, despite his recent offerings, the studios are allowing him to have another go, teaming up with Will Smith and his son Jaden in the sci-fi thriller After Earth. But can it mark a return to form for the struggling director? Continue reading
UPDATED: Click the link for a review of The Purge.
UPDATED: Click the link for a review of After Earth.
Keep checking on Movie Metropolis for the reviews of two left-field choices, two films that are something a little different from the constant barrage of blockbusters that summer can bring.
The Purge sees Ethan Hawke fight for survival on a night were all emergency services are suspended and all crime is legal. It promises to be a rollercoaster ride of tension, horror and action; but will it live up to the trailer? Find out here on Movie Metropolis.
After Earth stars Will Smith and his son Jaden as they team up with M. Night Shyamalan in a sci-fi adventure promising slick visuals and a tight story, no doubt turned on its head by a Shyamalan twist. However, the director’s recent work has been plagued by poor critical and commercial responses, can this end his run of bad luck?