While many thrillers focus on women in jeopardy, some of the most intense of this genre invest our concern with a child. "The Sixth Sense," released in 1999, features a compelling plot about a vulnerable child and the fragile people around him. For those wanting serious fare, it is a good choice to watch at Halloween time.
The movie stars Bruce Willis as Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who is shot by a patient he could not help. Months later, he meets a kid, Cole (played by Haley Joel Osment), who has the same problems, he sees "dead people." Cole lives with his single mother (played by Toni Collette), who is very worried about him. Malcolm becomes very dedicated to helping Cole.
This film is known for its twist ending. If one sees it, and they know the ending, it is still engaging to watch since we see the buildup. There are other great scenes in the movie too, such as when Cole actually sees the dead people. These scenes are very creepy.
There are a lot of great performances in the film. Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette both earned Academy Award nominations. They are both very good and so is Bruce Willis, who shows Malcolm is someone who loves his job. Also strong is Olivia Williams as Malcolm’s wife, who is unhappy in her marriage.
“The Sixth Sense” is a very strong film.