||August 2, 2002
||Sci-Fi / Thriller
||German Shepherd, helicopter, rocket
launcher, butcher knife, really loud alien sound
|"In a world where..."
||"What one man believes, could save
We've all heard how crop circles are just an elaborate hoax, but
what if they weren't. What if they really were signs from alien beings?
M. Night Shyamalan's latest trailer explores that frightening possibility.
The trailer opens with Mel Gibson strolling through his Pennsylvania
farmhouse wearing the expression he does for the entire movie. The
only explanation I have for this singular expression is that either
Mel is one of the aliens or he's doped up on thorazine.
Giant crop circles appear in Gibson's cornfield and the animals
(as always) sense danger that the oblivious humans will ignore. Normally
I would be doubled over with laughter seeing two kids wearing tin
foil hats so the aliens can't read their minds, but in this trailer
the tension is so taut I found myself reaching for my own beanie.
No alien movie would be complete without an appearance by the military.
We learn that the aliens are probing - making sure that everything
is clear for the rest of them.
Next comes the best piece of acting I've seen this year in a trailer.
Mel Gibson's daughter awakens him in the middle of the night and
tells him, "There's a monster outside my room. Can I have a
glass of water?" Now it must've taken every fiber in his body
to not scream, "It's the middle of the fricking night. There
is no monster and you didn't say PLEASE! Now get back in bed or there'll
be hell to pay."
threat is nearer. The military is scrambling. Mel tells his family, "Don't
be afraid," which would probably be more convincing if he wasn't
grabbing a butcher knife at the time. Hey kids don't be afraid, poppa
is just going to carve up some turkey while we wait for the monsters
to invade our home. How comforting.
When the credits rolled I was about to leave my computer when I
realized this was an M. Night Shyamalan trailer. I probably should've
left because what came next was a Blair Witchian ending that left
my heart racing.
Conclusion on Trailer: Great pacing and tension make this an exciting
two and a half minutes. I was refreshed that not too much was given
away, no revealing shots of aliens, no possible alternative explanations
explored. Finally a trailer that doesn't leave me feeling that I've
seen the entire movie. (9 out of 11 spots)
Conclusion on Movie: I'm a bit concerned by the single expression
from Mel, but I left the trailer wanted to see more. M. Night Shyamalan
has a good history with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. I'm a bit
gun-shy after recommending Reign of Fire two weeks ago, but I think
you can take this one to the bank.
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