Signs (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi


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A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.


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  • Morgan Hess (Rory Culkin, right) shows his father, Graham (Mel Gibson, left) what's going on.
  • Mel Gibson and M. Night Shyamalan in Signs (2002)
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  • Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix at an event for Signs (2002)
  • A baby monitor provides a message from above for Graham (Mel Gibson, left) and his brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix, right).
  • Graham (Mel Gibson) makes a chilling discovery in a neighbor's kitchen

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28 May 2003 | Doylenf
Works up some eerie suspense but is ultimately unsatisfying...
Most of the suspense is well geared to keep you wondering how on earth this plot is going to be unraveled--but when the windup comes it's a disappointment in more ways than one. I was with the story until the last fifteen minutes when the whole thing just fell apart--but along the way there are many things to admire.

The performances are all first-rate, although I would have preferred a better, more appealing child actor than Rory Culkin as the son who reads up on aliens. He lacks the distinct personality of his more famous brother. Abigail Breslin, on the other hand, is a sheer delight in her role, reminiscent of Drew Barrymore in "ET". Joaquin Phoenix does a standout job as Mel Gibson's brother who can wield a mean baseball bat and Gibson himself is so subdued for a change that it makes you wonder if he really believed in the script. Phoenix and his relationship with the children provides some humorous highlights that are welcome in this kind of intense story. It's nice to see him in a more wholesome role than usual.

The suspense is guaranteed to keep you glued to the screen until the letdown of an ending. Just be advised that there are compensations for keeping a sharp eye on the film before the disappointing denouement. M. Night Shyamalan can be praised for an original script and some smart direction--but too bad the religious aspects of the story were so muddled as to seem foolish. James Newton Howard's score is highly effective for this kind of story, especially toward the end.

Enjoy at your own risk because along the way the contrivances show.

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