Despite the "one big twist/reveal" at the end feeling a little recycled (because of how deeply The Sixth Sense had permeated the collective pop-culture consciousness) I found The Village to be a very close-to-home analogy of growing up in an isolationist religious mindset.

The use of fear of the imagined dangers "outside" of the community was so realistically and viscerally depicted that the ending still blew me away, even if it made me question whether this kind of reveal was going to become par for the course in Shyamalan's films.

Thank you for the nicely written piece. Now I have to go and watch The Village again, and maybe try to get my kids to sit through it with me!

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