posted on May, 28 2003 @ 10:33 PM
I liked it... but I think of it more as a 'monster' movie than an 'alien' one, though its monsters are, in fact, aliens.
I think what M Night Shamalyan (sp) was trying to get at was that, in times of danger, even the most independent people become dependent on their
families.. also, the origin of 'faith' is those moments when you realize that events have just gone over your head.
So far as everyone knowing more than they should, I think they were trying to show that, at times of stress, people jump to all sorts of conclusions
without thinking. People take on the airs of being 'experts' when, in fact, they know nothing--- of course, when the little boy does this, and is
accurate about half the time, it's cute, because the mocking of 'experts' is flipped around to say that, in a way, you can trust children. It was
a very clever ploy, I think.
And, stylisticly, the director was trying to make a Hitchcockian movie that played on primordial fear. It really doesn't matter what the aliens were
after... what the show becomes, at the end, is a tale about being surrounded and trapped by predators, in the dark, without any defences, with only
faith to keep you going...