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Signs
Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix




Overview -
It's contaminated. That's what pint-sized Bo (Abigail Breslin) says about every glass of water that she tries to drink, then rejects. This is just one in a long list of strange occurrences that are changing the lives of the Hess family. Things go awry when Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), awake early one morning to find the dogs barking and the children--Bo, and her brother Morgan (Rory Culkin)--wandering bleary eyed in the corn fields. They discover a pattern of perfectly carved crop circles left the night before. Trying not to overreact, Graham ignores the media frenzy that has permeated all television and radio stations, and even shrugs off the oddly familiar information that Morgan reads in his book about extraterrestrials invading earth. The real challenge for Graham is to find the faith he needs to pull himself, and his family, through this unexplainable series of events. SIGNS is the long-anticipated film from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE), a suspenseful and uniquely chilling family story.

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Overview

It's contaminated. That's what pint-sized Bo (Abigail Breslin) says about every glass of water that she tries to drink, then rejects. This is just one in a long list of strange occurrences that are changing the lives of the Hess family. Things go awry when Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix), awake early one morning to find the dogs barking and the children--Bo, and her brother Morgan (Rory Culkin)--wandering bleary eyed in the corn fields. They discover a pattern of perfectly carved crop circles left the night before. Trying not to overreact, Graham ignores the media frenzy that has permeated all television and radio stations, and even shrugs off the oddly familiar information that Morgan reads in his book about extraterrestrials invading earth. The real challenge for Graham is to find the faith he needs to pull himself, and his family, through this unexplainable series of events. SIGNS is the long-anticipated film from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE), a suspenseful and uniquely chilling family story.

Main Cast & Crew

M. Night Shyamalan - Director
Mel Gibson
Joaquin Phoenix
Rory Culkin
Abigail Breslin
Cherry Jones
Michael Showalter

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 107
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936767155
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (some frightening moments)
  • Release Date: January 2003

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Movies > Horror/Suspense

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Essential Cinema

 

Movie Reviews

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Theatrical release: August 2, 2002

Reviews:
"...Shyamalan's great gift is the creation of atmosphere, the conjuring of spooky, unseen menace....SIGNS is a tribute to Shyamalan's gifts..." - 08/02/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Skillfully made....The movie keeps you watching..." - 08/02/2002 USA Today, p.12D


"...Mr. Shyamalan is a master of control, with a sure grasp of the classical filmmaking lexicon. His suspense sequences build slowly and elegantly, and his is adept at evoking dread through shifting camera angles and careful manipulation of the frame..." - 08/02/2002 New York Times, p.E1


"...Lushly ominous....It's a high-octane doomsday vision built almost entirely around our sense of anticipation..." - 08/09/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.43-4


"...SIGNS is the work of a born filmmaker, able to summon apprehension out of thin air..." - 08/02/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29


"...The movie offers several nicely turned pop-out-of-your-seat moments..." - 09/01/2002 Premiere, p.16-17


"...A terrific suspense movie..." - 10/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.51-2


"...SIGNS turns out to be a primally petrifying experience....A very intimate and emotionally astute portrayal of a family under threat..." - 10/01/2002 Total Film, p.120-1

 

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