Crop circles are just the beginning for this farmer and his young family.
The sinister truth threats them all, possibly everyone.
Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) is a reverend who loses his faith after his wife is innocently killed in a horrific car accident. When his farm is the victim of crop circles he and his brother Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) are quick to blame local tearaways for the damage. But investigation soon indicates these are far too complex to be a prank or idle vandalism.
As he tries to protect his children Bo (Abigail Breslin) and Morgan (Rory Culkin) a wider phenomenon emerges.
As the situation deteriorates it soon becomes apparent that random, chance and even odd events in their lives are all leading them towards one thing.
Wow. Understated and powerful movie with Gibson and Phoenix utterly brilliant. Huge credit goes to young Abigail Breslin and Rory Culkin in drawing the audience in. M Night Shyamalan not only directs masterfully but wrote a terrific script and adds a credible more-than-cameo role into the bargin to boot.
The little nuances and tweaks that build into a plan for survival are gorgeous cinema.
Things to look out for: water, “swing away”, tin foil, pharmacist girl’s confession, horrible car crash
Cast: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin, Cherry Jones, Patricia Kalember
Rating: nice and suspenseful sci-fi thriller, highly recommended
Part of the M Night Shyamalan collection