The Sixth Sense (* ½) – What is it about Bruce Willis and mystery-type thrillers? What is it about them that they give away their bag of tricks so early on in the proceedings that I can get frustrated and angry for the rest of the movie that its trying to pull one over on me? That was the case during Striking Distance (the one with the boats and Sarah Jessica Parker in her panties). That was even more so the case with Color of Night (the psychiatrist movie where Bruce showed off his schwantz in the pool). Now comes The Sixth Sense which essentially leaves its fly open very early in the proceedings which led me only 15-20 minutes to lean over to my friend and tell him I know what’s going on. He wanted to hear in up front, no matter if I was right or not, so he could prove it after the movie, so I told him. He told his wife – I was right – and she’s pissed at me because I ruined the movie for her.That’s the last thing I wanted to do and thought that the packed house I was in would realize what was happening before it revealed itself – but they didn’t – leading to a round of applause that left me stunned. More stunned than anything in the movie – that’s for sure. Which brings us to a good time to talk a brief moment about marketing a movie. We all know from the previews of this movie that the little kid sees and hears dead people, so there’s no surprise there. But, it takes the movie nearly an hour to point out what we already know. This is not the big twist I was talking about earlier, but this waiting only increased my agony. I know it would have been hard to market this movie without revealing the dead people aspect – but how cool would it have been not to know that fact. Can anyone say The Blair Witch Project? Now I won’t give away anything here by providing any clues and telling you what to look for and notice while watching the film – but what I won’t tell you is precisely what destroyed any enjoyment I could have mustered out of this twist with a movie built around it. What I did like about the movie was the performance of Haley Joel Osmont (a.k.a. Forrest Gump’s son) as the child. He is really terrific in the role and deserved a better script. Bruce Willis is playing his solemn Bruce Willis-type character – and is much better here than he has been lately recalling a little bit of his great performance in 12 Monkeys. I appreciated the movie’s attempt to play the movie’s horror with some restraint, and while there are a couple of good off-guard moments late in the film, the marketing gurus have pretty much sucked out what life there was to it.After seeing this film I was accused of reading too much into the film too early. My argument is that a great movie, even a well-made good movie, will never have me analyzing it at any point. I will be too involved and enjoying it too much. When a movie sucks, the Crow and Tom Servo come out in me and I’ll start making fun of it right there in the theater. When a movie like The Sixth Sense tries to sneak one past me and leaves its clues dangling in front of my eyes like Bruce’s manhood in the Color of Night pool – I didn’t have to analyze too deep – even though I’d never tell you what I saw.