Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: -1

In his follow-up to the surprisingly popular THE SIXTH SENSE, writer/director M. Night Shyamalan crafts a unique thriller that is no less riveting. David Dunne (Bruce Willis) is the sole survivor of a horrendous train wreck. Not only is he the only one to come out alive, he walks away from the accident without a scratch on him. The mysterious Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), a collector of comic book art with a rare medical condition, approaches Dunne with a strange question. Does David ever remember a time when he was sick? What seems like an innocent question grips David. Elijah offers a bizarre explanation and clues to what might really be going on. And he makes a special effort to help David find the truth. But the answers could change Dunne and his familys life forever. With two dynamic actors in the lead roles, the clear winner is the director. Shyamalan has a handle on his craft, and like SIXTH SENSE, his visual story telling reveals just enough to keep things moving along without telegraphing surprise twists too early. Revealing more of the plot in this review could spoil the audience interest. With limited knowledge provided by advanced marketing, the movie turns out to be a great piece of entertainment that is sure to delight audiences far and wide.

Some positive messages come out of the story that are even inspiring. Loyalty and self-sacrifice are present and there are discussions about or allusions to both hope and salvation. One character comments on how society needs something, or someone, to hope in. To Christians, the comment is indicative of the worlds need for hope in Christ, for without Him, there is no hope for the future. Although it includes little objectionable material beyond a few regular profanities and one obscenity, taking Gods name in vain crosses the line of Previews standards for positive acceptability. However, theres much more going on in this film than some foul language - the underlying themes are both thought-provoking and inspirational.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
Distributor: Buena Vista (Touchstone/Disney), 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521

Crude Language: Few (2) times Mild 1, moderate 1
Obscene Language: Once (s-word)
Profanity: Several (5) times Regular (J 1, JC 2, GD 1, Swear to G 1)
Violence: Several times Mild and moderate (man falls down stairs, woman hit with bottle, image of dead man on floor, woman with bloodied wrists tied, men wrestle and struggle, man placed in chokehold)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Near nudity - Once (very short skirt)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Once (reference to self-gratification)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Discussion about society losing hope and needing something to rekindle it
Running Time: 107 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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