Signs

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  • After captivating audiences with THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan created his next mind-blowing movie event: SIGNS — now more tantalizing than ever on Blu-ray Disc(R)! SIGNS is the gripping story of an ordinary family as they encounter the possibility that Earth is being invaded by creatures from another planet. When Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his family awake

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After captivating audiences with THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE writer/director M. Night Shyamalan created his next mind-blowing movie event: SIGNS — now more tantalizing than ever on Blu-ray Disc(R)! SIGNS is the gripping story of an ordinary family as they encounter the possibility that Earth is being invaded by creatures from another planet. When Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his family awaken to find a 500-foot crop circle in their backyard they’re told extrate… More >>

Signs

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  1. SPOILER ALERT

    Many reviewers here complained about the ridiculous plot holes and I agree. It’s full of holes.

    I see a lot of movies and I will walk if it looks lousy. There’s 20+ movies to choose from, why waste time on a lousy one? If I hear lame dialog, a trite or cliche script, if I roll my eyes more than twice, I’m outta there. If the writer and director are lousy, they’re not going to get any better. An exception to this is when they hire another writer or director after firing the lame one. An example of this is “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” where the first half is lousy, but the second half is good and even great in some parts.

    I walked on “Signs” after about 40 minutes and didn’t look back. However, a family member insisted that it was good and all came together in the end, so I went back and watched the entire movie, start to end. Boy was I sorry, I should have stayed away.

    The movie is ridiculous on various levels, but besides that, it has nothing worthwhile to offer.

    As soon as the aliens came into the story, I was able to accurately predict the entire story: Aliens may or may not be here. As the movie progresses, the evidence of the aliens becomes more pronounced until we begin to see glimpses of them. From there we will go into the climax where we have a showdown with the aliens and win. That’s a synopsis of the plot and who, I mean who, is going to say there is anything at all original about that? No one over the age of 13.

    The movie plays out just as I predicted. But there’s some quasi-religious mumbo-jumbo thrown in there that’s really the point of the story. Fine, the only problem is that the mumbo-jumbo is so utterly ridiculous that it’s laughable.

    Unless I’m missing something (unlikely), the plot is this: God causes Gibson’s wife to get horribly injured in an accident where she suffers in agony until Gibson can get there, whereupon she delivers a coded message from God to Gibson, without Gibson realizing it, and then she dies. This accident causes Gibson to lose his faith in God. Meanwhile, God has caused another family member that is a budding baseball star to suffer an injury and his career and life are ruined. Then, God causes the kid to have asthma and an irrational preoccupation with water, resulting in half glasses of water being left all over the house. Then, God causes all these circumstances to work together during an alien invasion of earth such that the coded message, the asthma, the water, and the sports career work together to defeat the aliens in the house and save lives. Gibson sees how God has wrought all of this and regains his faith. If that’s it, that’s the most utterly ridiculous, blasphemous, lame, contrived, etc story I’ve ever heard of.

    So I’m wondering two things: 1: Is my understanding of the story complete and my laughter is justified, or did I miss something? And 2: How on earth did the guy that wrote the brilliant “The 6th Sense” write this load of tripe? It would seem that his contract with the movie studio includes a “right of subcontract” and he subcontracted his swimming pool cleaning guy to write this.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. M Night Shyamalan does a great job of teasing you into believing that his movies are much more interesting than they turn out to be. The Sixth Sense was a great movie full of suspense and the unexpected. The previews for Signs made it seem equally frightening and interesting. Alas, it was not. Mel Gibson’s character’s crisis of faith was not enough to make the movie worth sitting through. I had to write this review because I saw it had only 3 reviews so far, each giving it 5 stars… and it is definitely NOT a 5 star movie.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. M Night does a great job with this story. The cast plays the part with conviction.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Movie: 5 stars

    Video Quality: 3 stars

    Audio Quality: 4 stars

    Extras: 2 stars
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. M. Night Shyamalan seems to have lost his way a bit with his last few movies. Though not awful, IMO they just don’t measure up to this one or to The Sixth Sense. I actually like Signs and the Sixth Sense pretty equally, but seem to have gravited to this one more for re-viewing. Unbreakable is also quite good. Hopefully he still has some surprises for us. We need original and creative people like him. We have more than enough copying and mindless crap released. We need more of what the early M. Night was doing.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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