M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Village’ Isn’t As Bad You Remember

Ten years later, we see whether this twisted film still deserves the hate.

Time has a way of moving films onto a binary spectrum. Looking back on a piece of work ten years after its original release, our brains usually flag it as a good movie or a bad one. Most who remember seeing M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” when it hit theaters on July 30, 2004 would definitively and irrevocably categorize it as the latter.

It was the movie where it all went wrong. No matter where you stood on the final twist of “Signs” — Was it a simple story of a man regaining his faith or much too convenient? — “The Village” was the Shyamalan film that proved the brilliance of “The Sixth Sense” was a fluke.

Though his filmography since 2004 would support that conclusion, Shyamalan displayed too much talent in those early movies — and in the maligned tale of false Victorian horror movie, for that matter — to write off “The Village” entirely.

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