The Fifth Element

Fifth_element_poster_(1997)The Fifth Element (1997) – 8/10

Recently re-watched this cult classic sci fi space opera by Luc Besson.

Campy, comic book glory.  Hilarious and engaging.  An amazingly imaginative universe.

The fragility and power of love.

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Split

Split_(2017_film)Split (2016) – 5/10

Get your mind into the M. Night Shyamalan universe.  Ok there’s Kevin who has DID (dissociative identity disorder). Multiple personalities – 23 of them.  ‘Split’ chronicles the events leading to the birth of the 24th personality, The Beast.

An interesting thing about Kevin’s DID is that each personality has unique physical characteristics (eg one of whom has diabetes and needs insulin, the other characters do not).  These added supernatural elements increase interest and permit the creation of the ultimate beast; a being who is bigger, stronger (knives cannot penetrate) and with superhuman abilities like being able to bend steel bars and climb on walls and ceilings.

Best scene is the ending.  Cafe customers discuss this new nemesis (‘the horde’) and liken the strangeness to a previous villain.  What was his name?  Oh that’s right, ‘Mr Glass’. Slow scan to customer David Dunn (Bruce Willis), a little older and greyer and contemplating his next movie.

The Sixth Sense

The_sixth_sense The Sixth Sense (1999) – 7/10

For two hours we witness the poignant patient/psychologist relationship between young Cole Sear (Hayley Joel Osment) and Dr Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis).

Dr Crowe is a child psychologist famous for his ability to reach the most vulnerable and troubled.  Dr Crowe meets a child’s horror with a calm and steadfast strength.

Cole’s anguish and fear are so intense they are almost tangible.  His suffering and isolation are heart breaking.

Failure visits Dr Crowe, assaulting his confidence.  Repentant, patient and attentive; Dr Crowe earns Cole’s trust.  A hesitant reveal precipitates Cole’s recovery.  Dr Crowe’s sad reveal marks the close of therapy.