Director: M. Night Shyamalan.
Cast: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Haley Joel Osment, Glenn Fitzgerald.
Running Time: 108 minutes.
Rated PG-13 for ghastly scenes, violence, and mild language.
"The Sixth Sense" is M. Night Shyamalan's first major studio directorial production, yet a rookie mistake is not present in this masterful ghost thriller that has become one of the most prestigous and talked-about horror-dramas of all time. The film begins with an up-and-coming child psychologist (Bruce Willis, in his most exceptional role to date) celebrating his new-found success with his wife (played by Olivia Williams). The night is going splendidly; however, a failed child of the psychologist takes his frustration out, shooting him before taking his own life.
A year transpires after this horrific event, with Willis's character still trying to piece back the puzzle that was lost on that night. The psychologist meets a troubled youngster played by the Oscar-nominated Osment, who happens to have a special sense that allows him to see and speak to ghosts. At first terrifyed of the ghouls, Willis instructs the child to help the "dead people" instead of being afraid.
The film is brilliantly directed and scripted, twisting and turning until the much-heralded resolution. While Willis and Osment's performances are hauntingly special, Toni Collette's role as the tormented mother of Osment is the shining star of the film, delivering a powerful performance. "The Sixth Sense" is a deep, terrifying look into the world of the supernatural, but unfolds into a film about faith, love, and unbridled second chances. A soulful masterpiece that will send chills up spines.