Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Mel Gibson, Jacquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin.
An interesting take on the old invasion of Earth scenario, exclusively from the view of a mid-west family. Gibson’s Reverend Graham Hess, his brother Merril (Phoenix) and kids, Morgan (Culkin) and Beau (Cherry Jones), are terrorised by these aliens who use the family’s corn field as a landing strip.
From self-proclaimed ‘master’ of twists and turns, director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), it is gripping, but a little outrageous all the same (I mean potty-mouth, chain-smoking, two-timing Mel Gibson portraying a preacher … c’mon).
The aliens, each seven-foot tall, are capable of flying billions of miles through space, but can’t knock down a couple of wooden boards. And what’s with not liking water? Isn’t it the key to life or something? If Williams ever comes in contact with these ETs, maybe he should take them out on a bender – no water, just spirits.
“... it said they would probably invade. They wouldn’t use their technology, or fight in airborne battles, because they know eventually we would use nuclear weapons, and the planet would be useless to them” - Morgan.