Lady in the Water

Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban, Freddy Rodriguez, Sarita Choudhury, Jared Harris, Bill Irwin
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Rated: Unrated
U.S. Opening Date: July, 21 2006

Does M. Night Shyamalan only have one genuinely good movie in him to make? That is the question one has to ask of this talented, but confounding director who made a huge splash with Sixth Sense back in the late 1990s, but went on to make several movies that had some moments of great filmic style, but often suffered from screenplays that were ultimately either ridiculous (Signs) or predictable (The Village).

However, whatever his faults, Shyamalan’s films are at least more original and interesting than let’s say Doom or BloodRayne; a back-handed compliment sure, but one should be grateful for small mercies.

And speaking of Splash: the mermaid/horror concept behind his upcoming Lady in the Water sounds intriguing to say the least. Hopefully it won’t be marred by Shyamalan’s obsession with “surprise” endings and feature more of the brooding and effective moments of tension he managed to work into The Village and Signs.




A modest building manager named Cleveland Heep rescues a mysterious young woman from danger and discovers she is actually a narf, a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the treacherous journey from our world back to hers. Cleveland and his fellow tenants start to realize that they are also characters in this bedtime story. As Cleveland falls deeper and deeper in love with the woman, he works together with the tenants to protect his new fragile friend from the deadly creatures that reside in this fable and are determined to prevent hereviewr from returning home.

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