05 August 2002


Signs: 3 Stars. M. Night Shyamalan likes to take his time. He builds up the suspense, minute by minute, into a crescendo, when he releases it all at once. Or so he believes, anyway. This movie was saved by its last 30 minutes, which were just great, but for the first hour and change, I was so bored, it was all I could do to stop from fidgeting in my seat. Great performances all around, but Shyamalan needs a co-writer, or co-producer, or co-director, or someone, anyone, to help him out, rein him in, and make sure he doesn't sink into the destructive self-adulation that George Lucas is entrenched in and J.K. Rowling seems to be on the cusp of. Still, I walked out happy.

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