Director M. Night Shyamalan takes the basic
elements of his Sixth Sense
them a little more life. Again, Bruce Willis
stars as a man experiencing distance from his
wife. Again, his life is changed by a
near-death experience. Again, he learns to
reconnect by forming a bond with a young boy.
Again, there's a surprise ending. This time,
however, instead of the supernatural the
focus is on superpowers. Samuel L. Jackson
plays a comic-book fan who is convinced that
Willis has superhuman abilities, and must use
them to fight crime. Willis, not having read
the complete run of Green Lantern
comics, is a bit skeptical, but events start
to convince him that Jackson may be right.
What works here is the relationship between
Willis's character and his son, who really
wants to believe in the superpower thing.
Shyamalan hasn't yet outgrown his reliance on
pointlessly arty camera techniques, and the
film occasionally moves from the genuinely
affecting to the mildly sappy, but on the
whole it works better, and is deeper and less
simple, than Sixth Sense
. Of course,
ghosts are acceptable adult entertainment,
and superheroes are not, so I imagine that
won't garner quite the
kudos and cash of its predecessor, but, even
though it's not perfect, it does represent an
improvement in Shyamalan's work, and has me
looking forward to its two proposed sequels.