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on June 19, 2006
In 1897, in Covington, a countryside community located in the secluded area in a large clearing of trees in rural Pennsylvania, the simplistic and happy harmony is often punctured by the frightening monthly appearances of horrific monstrous creatures with unspeakable names that live within the dense forest woods surrounding Covington. The creatures are attracted by the color red, and therefore red is forbidden from ever being worn and shown at all in Covington. The Elders, Covington's leaders, decide that the best method against the creatures is to simply hide whenever they arrive, and to often wear yellow, "the safe color," when near the woods.
But for young Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix), personally dismayed at the death of several children within Covington, life staying hidden within the forest clearing and always running away from the creatures is completely dissatisfying. In order to stop the future deaths of many other children from ever happening, Lucius appeals to The Elders, asking their permission to leave Covington and get medicine from the other neighboring towns. Lucius' request is turned down, and his widowed mother, Alice (Sigourney Weaver), begins to worry more about her son, and how quiet he has become.
Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), the beautiful and spirited redhead blind girl of Covington, and always a close friend of Lucius, is now discovering that she and Lucius may be falling deeply, madly, truly in love with each other. And while Lucius and Ivy fall in love, they are both totally oblivious to the fact that the mentally disabled Noah Percy (Adrien Brody) himself has fallen in love with Ivy, and he grows bitterly envious of Lucius, and his envy may cause him to commit awful, sinful acts; and this act against Lucius may lead Ivy to be forced to face the unspeakable creatures in the woods, just to save Lucius' life.
Being quite a big fan of M. Night Shyamalan's other great blockbuster films, The Sixth Sense and Signs, I had immensely high expectations for The Village. While the initial design of this story is, simply put, quite fascinating, the movie failed to live up to the interesting premise, or my own personal expectations. Joaquin Phoenix was much better suited in Signs as Merrill Hess than he is here as Lucius Hunt. I never found myself caring about his rather unlikable character. Sigourney Weaver was also a bit of a let-down, possibly because the script never gave her much of a chance to shine. Adrien Brody failed to bring notice, as well. Newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, the daughter of famed director Ron Howard, truly shines here as the blind Ivy Walker, and I found myself trembling in fear for her as she was being chased through the woods. Still, while I was partially disappointed, and I found the final twist to be lamely unimpressive, others may enjoy this film very much indeed.