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sixth sense
no-spoiler film review

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   the Sixth Sense was the best movie i've seen in memory. better than ... i can't think of any contemporary movie i'd compare it to. Apocalypse Now rendered me speechless for almost an hour, albeit for different reasons. i would have been speechless after Sixth Sense except i saw this in a group of eight and we spent the rest of the evening discussing this movie. there is that much depth.
   it is one of the best-crafted stories in film. unlike much recent fare, there are no special effects to substitute for excellence in plotting and characterization. story does matter ... and pacing and acting. Bruce Willis demonstrates much more than the gun-toting hero, and the child actor gives an absolutely stellar performance.
   CAVEAT: no spoilers
   there is a twist at the end of this film which means you need to be careful of the reviews you read. if you read the wrong spoiler, you will never enjoy the movie to its full potential.









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