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Running Time:
1 hour, 47 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for a scene of violence and frightening situations

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
It's not scary, just sinister, not shocking, just disappointing; and if you're surprised at the surprise, I'll be surprised.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes introduced by director M. Night Shyamalan; 'Deconstructing The Village' making-of featurette; Bryce's diary; M. Night's home movie; Production photo gallery.

The Village
One day the village idiot, the emotionally disturbed Noah Percy (Adrien Brody), wanders into the woods to pick some red berries, the monsters send a warning: a red slash appears on the doors of the houses, which clearly means "we'll forgive you this time, but don't try it again." As a warning, they also eviscerated an animal, stripping it of its coat. The village elders are upset. Particularly the spokesperson, Edward Walker (William Hurt); the woman he "had feelings for" but would not express them, Alice Hunt (Sigourney Weaver); the bombastic August Nicholson (Brendan Gleeson); and the storyteller, Mrs. Clack (Cherry Jones). The community's younger generation includes Walker's blind daughter, Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard - Ron's daughter); and the strong, silent Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix). When here is an attempted murder, the town sends for medicine from th e town at the other end of the woods. There is only one person to send, that the creatures might presumably not harm because she is blind. But what will happen when she ventures forth? I dare not tell, but a real surprise it's not. This atmospheric but disappointing thriller was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan ("Signs" and "Sixth Sense")

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