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Old 27-06-2006, 14:42   #1
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A couple of questions about 'The Village'

I know this is a bit late – I only got around to watching this yesterday. I have to say I really loved it, though I’m in the camp of people who think Unbreakable is an absolute classic!

However, I’ve browsed through the main Village thread and there were a few outstanding questions I had which still weren’t resolved:

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Old 27-06-2006, 14:55   #2
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I know this is a bit late – I only got around to watching this yesterday. I have to say I really loved it, though I’m in the camp of people who think Unbreakable is an absolute classic!
Just for the record I think Unbreakable is classic but I thought that The Village was terrible.
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Old 27-06-2006, 15:14   #3
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Been a while since I saw it (count me in the minority who really liked it), but from what I remember:



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Old 28-06-2006, 08:02   #4
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one of the worst films i've ever seen

utterly, utterly terrible
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Old 28-06-2006, 08:35   #5
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The above reasons about the colours don't wash with me.

There must be some reason for them - anyone got any better ideas?
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Old 28-06-2006, 08:42   #6
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I think you are looking for a deeper meaning that just isn't there.

Awful film, guessed the 'twist' after about 30 minutes.

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Old 28-06-2006, 09:04   #7
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Although I have no idea about
I really enjoyed The Village. Whilst it suffered a little from not really being sure what genre of film it wanted to be, I appreciated the slow-paced paced approach to the story.
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Old 28-06-2006, 09:27   #8
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i thought it was OK, excellent performance from Bryce Dallas Howard. Not worth over-thinking, though
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It was ok but I also worked out the 'twist' very early on.

I think the answer to both questions is that it was part of their contrived mythology to stop the residents leaving the village and going into the outside world.

Of course this would only apply to those who had been born in the village as the older residents would know the whole story.
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Old 28-06-2006, 11:15   #11
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If Mr 'Night' had done a proper job writing the darn screenplay, those questions wouldn't arise.
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Old 28-06-2006, 14:03   #12
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Red has been a specific colour in all M Night Shellybum's films, IIRC?
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Watched this recently, and thought it was okay. Twist-wise, I was disappointed with what seemed to me to be a cheat:
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Can sompeone please cover this as a spolier - or tell me how to - if not - dont read on !!!!!



personally as a qualified councillor myself I could see what the film was trying to do - my interpretation is - in simple terms it was showing that even professionally qualified people who deal with grief and trauma on a daily basis can suffer from the pain and hurt a world like ours brings to thier doorstep on a daily basis - and the village was thier way of escaping from that 'bad' world and trying to live a simple idealised life free from the horrors of the modern one.

I beleive there were sept 11th references as well - and that ties in with my thoughts - goodness knows what the people who lost ones suffered on that day but can you imagine what was going through someone who perhaps professionally counselled loads of people?
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personally as a qualified councillor myself I could see what the film was trying to do - my interpretation is - in simple terms it was showing that even professionally qualified people who deal with grief and trauma on a daily basis can suffer from the pain and hurt a world like ours brings to thier doorstep on a daily basis - and the village was thier way of escaping from that 'bad' world and trying to live a simple idealised life free from the horrors of the modern one.

I beleive there were sept 11th references as well - and that ties in with my thoughts - goodness knows what the people who lost ones suffered on that day but can you imagine what was going through someone who perhaps professionally counselled loads of people?
Didn't notice anything like that, but as a non-qualified councillor the film was complete and utter toss.
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hahahaha - good shout - remember I didn't say I liked it ;O)
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I think the main themes are (on a personal level) the harm that self-delusion can inflict as well as (on a more general level) how US foreign and domestic policy is based on the fear myth to keep citizens in line.

I and many people here (unfortunately) had the whole film figured out from the trailer (the original thread can be found via a search). It's very much a post 9/11 film but hangs it's themes on the hooks of such a hokey well-worn device that that's all it is to most people, a bad and patently obvious twist that throws up too many questions about how it all would actually work in reality (answer: it wouldn't for very long at all) which undermines some actually quite interesting subtext.
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Just for the record I think Unbreakable is classic but I thought that The Village was terrible.
agreed.


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Im proud to say i turned it off after 15 mins.
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