2 August 2017; “Signs” (2002) Throwback

Another entry for…Blast from the Past!

From Oscar nominee M. Night Shyamalan, the director of the critically-acclaimed “The Sixth Sense” (1999), “Unbreakable” (2000), “Lady in the Water” (2006), and others, as well as most recently “Split” (2016), comes this sci-fi drama thriller…

Graham Hess: “Swing away Merrill. Merrill… swing away.”

“Signs” was released on this day August 2nd 2002, making the film 15 years old as of today.

The film centers on Graham Hess (played by Oscar winner Mel Gibson) a widower, father and former priest, who, along with his brother Merrill (played by Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix), son Morgan (played by Rory Culkin) and daughter Bo (played by Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin), discover mysterious crop circles in his cornfield, believing it to be the work of extraterrestrials. 

Fun fact; critics have praised the film for its atmosphere and story while criticism goes to the script.

Also, the film was listed as #77 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments for the Brazilian birthday party scene in 2004.

On a personal note, I was introduced to the film during my high school years, for film study purposes, while being in Grade 9 or 10.

If you like the cast, director, as well as the chameleon-like James Newton Howard composing the music score, and in the mood for some sci-fi thrills with faith as one of its themes, then this is for you, or for anyone you know, who likes the aforementioned aspects.

Poster source: IMP (Internet Movie Poster) Awards.
Poster design by InSync Plus.