“The Sixth Sense” is distinctly recognized for two things: Its “you-didn’t-see-that-coming-but-should’ve-seen-that-coming” twist and the fact that it’s the only M. Night Shyamalan movie that doesn’t monumentally blow.
Even if you haven’t seen this movie, you’re probably at least vaguely familiar with the plot. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) sees dead people. Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist who tries to make some sense of the boy’s sixth sense. Crowe reluctantly takes the case, still reeling from the tragic end of his last patient Vincent Grey, played by Donnie Wahlberg. Yes, you read that right. Donnie Wahlberg, the brother of everyone’s favorite actor, Marky Mark Wahlberg, is in this movie for a whole five minutes.
Donnie from his New Kids on the Block days. Stay fresh, Donnie. Stay fresh.
“The Sixth Sense” was lavished with praise for its exceptional screenplay, written by Shyamalan, as well the incredible performances of Osment and Toni Collete, who plays Osment’s mother. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but didn’t win a single one — probably because the academy was predicting the complete and total downfall of M. Night Shyamalan, whose other directing credits include “Lady in the Water” and “The Last Airbender.” Yep, they’re about as good as they sound.