"Its most compelling sign is on the way to the exit."
M. Night Shyamalan’s attempt to evoke the urgency and fear of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, with Mel Gibson as a farmer/preacher who has lost his faith.Like his previous movies (The Sixth Sense[, Unbreakable), Shyamalan slowly takes his time to paint the picture. Speed of development is not the issue at hand, rather, the utilization of space. Shyamalan sets himself up with a large canvas by which to purport his suspense-telling, only to fill the space with minor hints and abstractions of the potential Big Picture. With Signs, there is the introduction to many supposedly ubiquitous elements that are, like the preacher’s faith, is so quickly abandoned. In essence, it remains as little more than unhurried and flat; one-dimensional. More exhausting is Shyamalan’s repeated insistence to use children as superficial precocious mouthpieces.
With Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin.[See it if you must.]