M. Night makes “The Visit”

Reviewed by Mark Leonard

Mr. Shyamalan…remember him? He really hasn’t gone anywhere, as roughly every two years he directs another movie. But his blockbuster hit days appear to be over, for better or for worse. Honestly, I’ve been lukewarm on him since his first big “splash”. That would be 1999’s “The Sixth Sense”, his third official feature, but easily his most mammoth hit. You know what? It’s overrated. Plus, I had its twist figured out almost immediately–its MAJOR selling point for most folks. The year 2000 brought “Unbreakable”, a lesser, but still substantial box office winner. Seriously underrated, it’s my favorite of M. Night’s films–and I did NOT predict the finale. 2002’s “Signs” raked in a lot of cash, and it’s not bad. But it gets all religious and gushy at points. Scary alien scene though. “The Village” from 2004 was borderline dreadful–but quadrupled its budget. It also sported the most ridiculous and easily…

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