Sixth Sense Review - Controlled Assessment

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There is something horror films can do that no other kind of film can: they can speak to us on a psychological level some dramas only wish they can achieve. M. Night Shyamalan takes advantage of this, and uses the horror genre to subvert our expectations. We expect to be scared, and while screaming, we are touched by the sad events that occur to the main characters in Shyamalan's film. 

The Sixth Sense was released in 1999, and spent five weeks as the No. 1 film at the U.S. box office. It had a worldwide gross of an astounding $672,806,292.
It is a combination of the psychological and horror genre. There are moments when viewers are touched by the emotional relationship between Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) and his mother (Toni Collette), and there are moments when viewers are frightened by the disturbing images we are shown.

The Sixth Sense opens with Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) receiving an award for outstanding work in the field of psychology for children. Unfortunately, he's not always successful. One of his patients, Vincent Gray (Donnie Wahlberg), has grown up still plagued with his problems. He blames Crowe, shoots him, and then turns the gun on himself. Yes... a bit of a dramatic thing to do! "Next fall..." the title reads, Crowe's marriage is virtually non-existent and his own obsession with Vincent has re-emerged. Fortunately, he's found another child suffering from the same symptoms: Cole Sear. Cole is a withdrawn child who doesn't have friends and gets teased at school. His mother is worried about him, and tries to seek help. Nobody can seem to help him...except Malcolm. He talks with Cole and tries to get him to let out his thoughts that he’s bottled up inside of him. When he finally does, he admits an unexpected secret. 
The Sixth Sense is no longer about the emotional trouble this kid is having. Instead, it's about Malcolm's fight to beat the kid's problems. How can anyone help defeat the problems of such a...