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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest film ever seen that everyone else hated..., 24 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Village [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
This film deserves high praise and lots of it too. But I must warn you, if you're after something brainless and forgettable then look elsewhere. This film will make you think about life and society. Watch this is you want to be mentally challenged...

The story is essentially very basic. A small community from the late 19th Century live in a Village (obviously!) that is entirely self-sufficient. The borders are patrolled by "Those we do not speak of" and a long-standing truce means that neither the villagers nor monsters breach each others borders. However, one man - Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) - is too inquisitve to stay within the confines of the village and explores beyond the border. What follows is a swift attack on the village by the monsters. This shocks the community into obidience until someone falls gravely ill, and the only way to save him/her is to go to the towns to fetch new medicines, crossing the borders on the way.

This film is very VERY scary. Not in terms of shocks or anything mindless like that, but purely in the messages it sends out about the society we live in today. To say any more would ruin it but forget what you think you know about evil, desperation, love, and innocence.

The cast are almost as outstanding as the beauty of this picture. Making her debut is Bryce Dallas Howard as the blind Ivy Walker and I can confidently say that, without her, this film wouldn't have HALF the impact. Every second she's on screen you just want to watch and listen without interruption. William Hurt is also perfect in the role of Ivy's Father, especially during the big reveal later into the story.

Anyone who has ever questioned the validity of society and Government NEEDS to see this film. Please don't judge it on first view either; it WILL take you at least 2 showings to really get everything it has to offer. But be warned: have a clear, non-judgemental, and open mind as you sit down to watch. Let the characters, dialogue, beauty, inner-meanings, and story bathe you and help you realise the world you think you know really shouldn't exist. It made me ask "How did it ever get this far...!?"

Now, how do you make this thing do 6 stars....!?
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