Monday, January 9, 2012

The Village (2004)




Beyond The Woods

THE PLOT (9 stars - Excellent)
What's in the woods?  This and many more questions have been plaguing the people of this isolated village.  But now comes the time, where the only choice is to go beyond the woods.  Don't miss the unforgettable twist ending conclusion.

THE PERFORMANCE (8 stars - Very Good)
Superb casting from newcomer Bryce Dallas Howard, to veterans Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver.  Main casts bring their skills to the table, especially Bryce who did a strong performance.  Audience can sympathize to each unique characters.

THE PRODUCTION (8 stars - Very Good)
Well-done.  Believable 19th-century cult community settings and depiction of a mysterious forest.  Not to mention the sometimes beautiful scenery and the always eerie and spooky woods.  Hands-down to the creator of “Those We Don't Speak Of” - visually chilling.



OVERALL SCORE
(9 + 8 + 8) / 3 = 8.33
8/10 points = Very Good



OTHER CRITICS

1.  All Rovi
     = 2.0/5.0 stars (reviewed by Perry Seibert)
     = 3.0/5.0 stars (based on 14 users)

2.  Amazon
     = 3.0/5.0 stars (based on 935 users)

3.  Box Office Mojo
     = B- (based on 2,747 users)

4.  Film Critic
     = 3.5/5.0 stars (reviewed by Christopher Null)
     = 3.0/5.0 stars (based on users)

5.  IMDB
     = 6.6/10.0 stars (based on 97,815 users)

6.  Metacritic
     = 44/100 points (based on 40 critics)
     = 5.7/10.0 points (based on 260 users)

7.  MRQE
     = 57/100 (based on critics)

8.  MSN Movies
     = 2.5/10.0 stars (based critics)
     = 3.5/5.0 stars (based on 4,143 users)

9.  RottenTomatoes
     = 43/100 points (based on 203 critics)
     = 59/100 points (based on 423,617 users)

10.  Yahoo Movies
     = C+ (based on 12 critics)
     = C+ (based on 42,743 users)



THE GIST
This is one of M. Night Shyamalan's intelligent mystery.  Well-thought and nicely written.  Suspense and secrecy are a trademark yet all questions are not left unanswered at the end.  :)



EXTRA STUFF

1.  CAUGHT QUOTE

"It is a painful bargain,

but no good come without sacrifice."
- Tabitha Walker




2.  INTERESTING CHARACTER

"Genuine" Kitty Walker



3.  TEASER SCENE
video
- Close encounter



4.  MOVIE TRAILER

video





5.  NUMBER TRACKER 

Production Budget                          $60.0 M
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Domestic Gross          $114.2 M
Foreign Gross             $142.5 M
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Worldwide Gross                          $256.7 M
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Profit                                           $196.7 M



6.  ACCOLADES (BEST AND WORST)

Academy Awards, USA (Oscars)
Nominated:                 - Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures,
                                      Original Score (James Newton Howard)

MTV Awards, USA
Nominated:                 - Breakthrough Female (Bryce Dallas Howard)

Teen Choice Awards, USA
Nominated:                 - Choice Movie Scary Scene
                                  - Choice Movie:  Thriller










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