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"The Sixth Sense"

by Thom Bennett

Bruce Willis plays Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a top child psychologist who attempts to help out a troubled child in the attempt to make up for the one he accidentally let fall through the cracks years ago. However, he meets in Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a young boy who has the ability to see and interact with the dead.

Much like a good book (or, I guess, a good film for that matter), "The Sixth Sense" unfolds and builds as it goes along. What starts out seemingly as yet another psychological drama evolves into a thoroughly engrossing study of the relationships - not only between the boy and the doctor, but also husbands and wives, people and their work and the living and the dead.

Writer / Director M. Night Shyamalan has created a film that is both visually stunning and remarkably eerie. The amazing performance by young Haley Joel Osment only adds to the creepiness and the short but memorable appearance by Donnie Wahlberg as a former patient of Dr. Crowe.

Reminiscent of films such as "Jacob's Ladder" or "The Shining", "The Sixth Sense" is a rare film that manages to keep you on the edge of your seat right up until the final twist (and it's a good one).

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