Synopsis:A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.
Signs (2002) is a 1h 46-minute American science fiction thriller film that contains drama and had an estimated budget of $72 million and grossed over $408.2 million at the box office. Writer, producer and director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), The Village (2004)) also acted in this film as Ray Reddy. James Newton Howard did a marvelous job giving us an eerie score. Signs has a great set up, powerful cast, detail material, enjoyable elements, stylish suspense and not much science in this movie that is labeled as science fiction.
Signs revolves around former Episcopal priest Graham Hess (Mel Gibson - Braveheart (1995), Lethal Weapon (1987), The Patriot (2000)) discovering several crop circles in his cornfield and thinks it is from extraterrestrial life. Graham lost his faith in God after he lost his wife in a terrible car crash leaving him to take care of his two children named Morgan and Bo. His brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix - Gladiator (2000), Her (2013), Walk the Line (2005), The Master (2012)) lives with him and helps him on the farm and to take care of the children. Graham is broken to the point where there is no faith left in him, but he is still very dedicated to taking care of his family.
Graham discovers Crop Circles appearing in his Corn fields and his daughter Bo (Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Zombieland (2009), Rango (2011)) wakes him up to tell him that there is a monster outside of her window. He tries to comfort her to go back to sleep, but she then tells him that her water taste strange leading him to see a figure in silhouette outside as he looks outside. He wakes his brother, but they came to the conclusion that it might be some pranksters.
Sheriff Paski (Cherry Jones - The Village (2004), The Perfect Storm (2000), The Beaver (2011)) and Graham are puzzled as to how the strange crop circles got there. They soon learn that the crop circles are appearing all over the world and that the small town they live in PA is panicking. We were treated to a backstory of Merrill’s life after he and Graham decide to take the kids into town to distract them from all that is happening. Merrill was a baseball star that did not make it far. Graham goes outside with a flashlight after the dog barks toward the end of the cornfield during that night while Merrill is watching CNN news showing a quick image of the terrifying aliens.
We were then introduced to Ray Reddy (M. Night Shyamalan) who was the person responsible for the car crash that took Graham’s wife. Ray called Graham and told him to meet him at his office the following day. Ray apologized to Graham for his wife’s death and continued to tell Graham that he has one trapped in his pantry. The alien/creature howls frightfully after Graham cuts a few of its finger off after the creature reached for him from under the door. Graham is hell bent on not leaving the farm and intends on making it safe to stay at any cost.
Signs had many inconsistencies, few laughable moments, took steps backward during the film but redeemed itself in the ending sequences, average music, and cinematography. All of the actors gave us average performances including Mel Gibson. With all said, the movie was shot with incredible detail and composition - one of the best scenes was of the family driving into the town with an overhead shot of them and the crop circles.
About Signs (2002)
Original Title: M. Night Shyamalan's Signs
Runtime: 106 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama
Total Avg. Votes: 11
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
Director: M. Night Shyamalan