Movie: The Sixth Sense (1999)
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Putting the words “movie” and “twist” next to each other quickly brings to mind M. Night Shyamalan's polarizing The Sixth Sense, an effective supernatural thriller that's been debated and criticized for its twist ending. Some feel it's a masterful and impeccably executed gotcha moment; others, however, feel it's overrated or contradictory, or both.
We, for our part, can't help but remember our reaction the first time we saw The Sixth Sense, which was thankfully before anyone could spoil the story's true colors. The clue comes when little man Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) tells his child psychologist doc, Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), that he can “see dead people,” a crazy skill that the soft-spoken and tormented doctor learns firsthand when he realizes that heis a ghost.
Which explains why no one ever looks at him in any of the previous scenes, and why Cole's the only character who talks with Crowe. Gradually, Shyamalan, who made his auspicious debut with The Sixth Sense, sullied his Mr. Twist reputation with the lame switcheroo dud The Lady In The Water, officially running his own trend into the narrative ground. But as far as The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan definitely got that one off.