SEBRING — Director M. Night Shyamalan has a reputation for twist endings and not so popular movies. We all remember “The Village” or “The Happening,” two movies that you probably have gone to great lengths to forget. But then there were fond memories, like “The Sixth Sense,” “Lady in the Water” and for some of us, “Unbreakable.” But let’s not forget about the bilge that is “The Last Airbender” and “After Earth.” So it would seem that he has been on the bad side of filmmaking for the past several years, but that’s with the critics more than anything else. For all the flack he gets for his movies, even as I sit here and tell you that “The Last Airbender” and “The Happening” are utter garbage best to be avoided, it can’t be denied (because I looked it up) that all but two of his 13 movies have been financial successes. This shows us that despite what critics say, people go to these movies. So why not let him do another thriller with a secret twist?
This is where my inner critic comes back, kind of like another personality. (see what I did there?) I went to the theater really wanting to like this movie. I will say right off the top, James McAvoy, our lead antagonist, or the “bad guy” if you will, was excellent. He was asked to not just sell us on one character, he had to sell us on more than five, and make the characters and their arguments with each other believable and compelling. This he does to great effect. He is easily the best part of this movie.
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