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The Sixth Sense (1999)



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The Sixth Sense is a surprisingly effective thriller that never ceases to inspire and intrigue. It's about a psychologist who fails to help one of his patients, then feels a personal need to make up for it by helping another with a similar problem. As the tale unfolds, truths become more evident; it's a frightening yet fascinating journey. Don't let anyone spoil it for you! By the time all was said and done, "Wow," was all I could say for how well the movie did its job.

I was also impressed by how well the movie elicited emotional reactions. I use the plural on purpose; this movie is more complicated than a mere thrill generator. There is pathos here, too, and good old fashioned tearjerking. And it's all done without the shameless manipulation that many films resort to. I liked the movie's discretion about the use of music -- during the most dramatic moments, there is none. Because the movie's power is derived from the acting and the interaction of the characters rather than by mood-setting music, it's all the more potent.