The secret of The Village
I think everyone must have seen the trailer to The Village, the latest movie from the self-regarding director M. Night Shyamalan. 1897. Remote, isolated village. Uneasy truce with some monsters in the forest. But now something's gone wrong...
Shyamalan is known for his twist endings, and this one is no different. Everything you read about this movie is careful not to give away any 'spoilers'. But who cares about spoilers if the movie is so terrible? Most of the reviews I've seen have been critical. IMDb poster CWessonSpeaks lays it down:
Perhaps the most laughable, implausible, asinine film to grace screens this summer. This shamefully trashy and reactionary yarn about red cape wearing monsters threatening an idyllic Amish-like village is truly preposterous, interminably dull and its narrative `twists' can be seen a mile away. Imagine the silliest episode of Scooby Doo mixed with a `very special' Halloween episode of Little House on the Prairie. The outrageous promotion of this world class turkey from this country's most self promoting, arrogant hack M. Night Shyamalan (who inexplicably and egocentrically seems to fancy himself a modern day Hitchcock) is really unforgivable.Sounds bad right? Not going to go see it? But you want to know what the twist ending is?
The hype for this thing is a surefire way to make it the big box office winner this weekend and I'm sure there will be plenty of groaning, bored and angry audience members tonight like in my screen who booed and hissed throughout the film's lengthy, incredibly dull duration. I feel embarrassed for all the actors in the film having to speak the ludicrous dialogue and keep a straight face. This is one of those incredible all star train wrecks that people will laugh about for years. I'm still in shock that some of the actors in this film didn't laugh out loud at the screenplay.
You're in luck. I've braved numerous bulletin boards on various obsessive movie sites, separated the red herrings from the facts and come up with this. I even found a wacky left-wing interpretation of the movie that reveals deep important insights into the danger of -- wait for it -- George W. Bush! Select the hidden text below to read it:
Guess what! It's not really 'the olden days' but modern times! One of the town elders was a billionaire and gathered some of his isolationalist buddies to create a primitive utopian community! He even prevented planes from flying over! The younger people don't know anything about the outside world! The monsters are fake and run by a villager to keep everyone frightened!
And how does Bush fit in? Well, I'll let you read it for yourself:
My theory is that the film is against Americas war against terror.Notice the end.The security guard is reading the newspaper that says of a number of soldiers killed in action and the radio reports of more being killed.Plus there is a community in which nobody-with the exception of a small elite-know what is happening out of its borders.They have blind faith in the elders and in order for the villagers to be obedient,they are given a pshycological fear through suggestion about these dangerous and bloodthursty creatures that lurk in the forest waiting to harm them.Ofcourse no one,exept the elders have ever seen these creatures.If you watch the news and have been to America,you know what im talking about.It's like a ... a metaphor or something. I get it!