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Just Seen: Signs

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by mieville, Aug 27, 2002.

  1. mieville

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    Who hasn't seen the trailer for this one? If you have you know it doesn't give much away, apart from having something to do with
    crop circles. No matter what I say everyone is going to see it. The film builds up nicely with some great touches of what you can't see only hear.

    I thought all the acting was good and it has a great music score.
    I work in the US quite alot and so saw it there. Also in August I've
    seen XXX with Vin Diesel and Road to Perdition with Tom Hanks.
    I could give a more in depth review of Signs but I'm sure you
    don't want it spoiled!

    If you have any questions about it please ask.

    Mieville
     
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    Hey Mieville,
    well I will see both so no spoilers please, but what did you make of XXX? I quite like Vin Diesel, he looks like the next action star. What's the film about? Presumably not rude movies!?

    Thanks,
    Dan.
     
  3. mieville

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    Dan,

    No spoilers then, XXX is about an extreme sports badass who
    gets recruited by the US goverment to infiltrate a group of
    really bad people. Nothing really original there then!

    Safe to say theres alot of extreme stunts, James Bond gadgets
    loud music etc. If you like Vin Diesel then you should have no complaints. I thought it was a great no brainer and your right
    he is the next action star.

    Mieville
     
  4. Drunken Master

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    Looking forward to all of those films. I hate going to the cinema in America, they do tend to get excited of there. They were whooping at the end of Mummy returns.
     
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    mieville,

    One important question you have left unanswered - is Signs any good (in your opinion offcourse)?

    How does it fare against The 6th Sense and Unbreakable (by the same director)?
     
  6. mieville

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    Groundy,

    Signs has great suspense and on the whole I enjoyed it but it
    did leave me feeling cheated. You can appreciate I can't go into detail of what I didn't like until after it opens.

    Against his other two movies it nearly comes second. There is
    so much I liked about Signs but...........


    Mieville
     
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    That's good enough for me. It's on my shortlist of films to buy. It does look well made at least.
     
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    Thanks for the additional comments mieville. If nothing else, Signs sounds interesting as I always like films whereby the ending becomes a talking point, even if deemed a dissappointment.
     
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    I hope M Night Shylamannamanaarahan can one day make a film that's not all about the end tho... I mean the sixth sense was one thing but you really had to be a bit of a comic book geek to get any sort of wow factor out of the ending of Unbreakable.
     
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    I know what you meen about feeling cheated .

    The film did seem as though it was building to a big finish that did'nt realy seem all that big if you ask me .

    I would'nt go out of my way to get the dvd but it was ok and worth a look .It could just be that it was a little slow for my tasts. I prefere to see mel do a lot of killing or at least a bit of gbh on my films . Never mind though :)
     
  11. mieville

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    Anybody seen it yet?
     
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    I'd advise you see 'Signs' then. Although the ending is strong, it isn't really a big twist like the previous two.

    I thought 'Signs' was great, enthralling and very well made. Nice to see a director use his imagination to tell the story rather than running off to ILM to make his life easier. Some of the photography and shots also had a similar look and feel to the better 80s horror films which I liked.

    Shyamalan has a gift for playing with the viewers emotions as well, probably more so than any other current mainstream director... I saw about 40% of the cinema crying at various points in the film.

    In my opinion, 'Signs' is a better film than Sixth Sense but isn't quite as good as Unbreakable (although I didn't like the ending of that film at all) .
     
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    Saw it last night. Fantastic. Much better than Unbreakable and probably better than 6th Sense IMHO.
     
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    got to go with [luc] on this one. Signs actually made me jump, which no films has done for a while. The contrast between funny and spooky is timed to perfection.
     
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    Signs was very good (excellent even) but I should've known from all the comic relief throughout that I would have felt dissapointment at the waste of an opportunity come the finish.
    It only skimmed the surface on important issues such as the ambiguous nature of faith and religion versus science fiction/fact - even though it had the opportunity to tackle these head-on in front of a mainstream audience. All was shaping up well until the end (and this end will not recieve the notoriety of his previous films) when everything was sugar coated.

    Spoiler: Having him regain his faith totally detatched me from the film. Personally (and I dont mean to go all A.I on this film) but if they had Mel Gibsons character regroup his series of flash backs after seeing the refelection in the televesion set and then cut to black - the open ending would have been far better. Not perfect but would have at least left people to think on their own - instead of people coming out of the cinema saying "well....that was scary wasnt it". /spoiler

    Up until a crtain point this film is excellent but if you're looking for a punch at the ending like myself (and I'm not talking about a blood and guts, light sabre fight) dont torture yourself with the first 11/12's of the film. In fact, do see the film just dont let the film get your hopes up.

    ***/5
     
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    Same here for me - Signs was much better than Sixth(oh didn`t see that coming!!! - pah)Sense,and maybe even Unbreakable,just the right amount of tension/jumps/humour - all done with the right timing,etc.. and good performances from Gibson/Phoenix. I wasn`t expecting too much,and have stayed away from reviews etc,and came out of the cinema pleasantly suprised :) but don`t get me started on morons kicking the back of my chair :mad: after a stern word or two to the idiot with 2 kids beating the living hell out of the back of my chair it wasn`t too bad :devil:
     
  17. Andy Dee

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    Hmmm..

    I am going to go against the grain here.

    I didnt like it. 4 of us went ...the 2 girls thought it was ok, and me and my mate both commented that it was instantly forgettable, and it didnt make me think about the whole concept of AI ..which i think a film like this should.

    Sixth Sence Made my spine shiver when the ring rolled across the floor and the whole film suddenly clicked and i was left with a "wow" factor.

    Signs, was predictable and seemed to be going nowhere.You know that feeling when a random comment is made about halfway through a film..and you just know that it will cornily come into play later?

    The worst thing was..i didnt really care..i couldnt relate to the characters and a lot of things didnt make sense.

    I wont go into spoiler details but a good analagy would be someone with vastly superior technical knowlege, yet cant open a door??..Oh Pleeeeeeeease!:rolleyes:

    Anyway..Jusy my humble opinion, and to add some balance.

    Yes..it did make me jump at a couple of places, but i think it was i was starting to nod off!
     
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    an english teacher I once knew said not to use words you cant spell, let alone understand.

    analagy = analogy

    did the emotional parts make you feel more uncomfortable than the scary bits?
     
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    Just seen Signs and wasn't impressed at all! The whole film seemed to be thinly hung on two or three 'make you jump' moments, which really didn't have that effect at all.

    Also, how many farms in rural America wouldn't have at least one gun? Very sniffy!

    However, have fun spotting how many films have been ripped off in various scenes!!


    :D

    AJ
     
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    Why is nobody discussing Mel Gibsons characters struggle with faith? Its obviously the most potentially interesting, and foundation for the whole subject fo the film.

    ...oh wait. If your forgot pay attention to that aspect of the film. Mel Gibsons character was formerly a priest until he lost his faith. Hence being a former man of the cloth he had no guns in the house. Even if that explanation doesn't stand up to scrutiny, the fact is - it stopped it from turning into Mars Attacks....but I guess most people wanted that?
     
  21. Andy Dee

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    Eli..

    Sorry mate..it was just an opinion, even if it was not a grammatically correct one.

    I did try to state that, and mention that i was just adding balance to the overall review!


    Regards
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    Yeah, I'm not having a dig. I just feel you didnt justify yourself that much, particularly as most of the responses on this thread not particularly praising.

    (p.s. it was your spelling I had the problme with :) )
     
  23. Andy Dee

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    Point Taken,

    It is hard to fully explain my opinion without ruining the film for others.

    **Spoiler**

    I understood the regaining the faith, and thought Mel Gibson played the part really well. I struggled with some very basic things that didn't add up. Being locked in a larder is too technically taxing a problem for this lifeform? If so then did one of his colleagues let him out at the end?..? . And the baseball storyline, i thought was just corny. As much as the story of M G and his faith was interesting, i was distracted by these other sloppy parts of the film.

    **End Spoiler**
     
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    To be honest, I thought Unbreakables was rubbish, and if it hadn't been made by the same guy who had made the Sixth Sense no-one would have been interested.

    Signs was much worse. It seems that Mel Gibson had been specifically told to portray his role in the most unengaging way possible, the child acting was terrible, the plot laughable and riddled with holes.

    The first half hour of the film felt like it was made up of badly edited scenes: half finished conversations with no-one really saying anything at all and MG looking like he'd been fossilised.

    The good moments were the funny bits. Unfortunately some of them weren't supposed to be funny and some of the ones that were were incredibly badly timed.

    And MKS is p poor actor too.
     
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    Y' see, this one annoys me. I've seen this mentioned in a couple of reviews... why, even with a 'higher intelligence' (which nothing and nobody in the film actually claims the aliens have) would they instinctively know how a human made door works if they'd never seen, used or comprehended of one before?

    I actually thought that element was an extremely clever addition to the film...
     
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    Thought better of posting spoilers.
    There are a million reasons why this film is very daft.
     
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    Raise you hand if you like, say, The Fast and the Furious better....
     
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    Why should it? - they're about different things.

    Artificial Intelligence has nothing to do with this movie. Neither does the question ' are artififuicial emotions still emotions'?
     
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    Hi,

    I was it last night, and i really enjoyed it. People expecting to be scared out of their skins, but it was not really marketed as a horror, more of a suspense/mystery/emotional, which it was.


    Spoiler;

    Also the film was about Gibson's loss of faith and also about coincidences, about how one thing can affect another.

    About the girl leaving water glasses around the house, which helped the family near the end. His wife saying about swinging the bat, which reminded him to use the bat at the end. His son having a illness/lungs being closed to protect him from the alien. Maybe one to watch twice to pick up more things.

    People complain there was not more to the film. The problem with alien/creature films is that once the alien is seen, the shock value is totally gone, so the director handled this well, the banging on the doors was far more scary than seening a alien more than 2 or 3 times in the flesh.

    rai
     
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    [both hands raised]And I liked Mars Attacks! much better.
     

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