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2 Best Final Acts In Director M. Night Shyamalan’s Cinematic Career

Ever since the dawn of the film industry, it has been proven for quite some time that audiences love good thriller movies. A film that echoes a spiraling tale of mysteries and secrets and finally leads towards a heavy revelation to amaze and shock the viewer is what audiences are more drawn into.

M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan

Film That Could Deliver The Good

Filmmakers always try to attempt the fine art of crafting some intriguing plot twists on the screen. While sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t as it becomes utterly predictable. Occasionally, the big plot twist becomes too much of a catastrophic failure. The ultimate judge and critic is the audience, who flood movie theaters wide and far looking for a movie that could deliver the good.

With that being said, the art of articulating and directing a good plot twist isn’t that easy. While the reveal must be shocking, a healthy dose of burgeoning pensiveness and anxiety should prelude the revelation so that it could hook the viewers to the end. Precisely, creating such a narrative that could synchronize the end and beginning of the story masterfully is a challenging task.

Night Shyamalan’s Cinematic Career

Shyamalan is well-known for his way of creating strange stories that make audiences beg to figure out what exactly is happening on the screen. For the majority of the time, the director faces no issues hooking audiences till the end of the premise. However, some of his cinematic plot twists have even touched the ceilings of curiosity. They were quite mind-bending and strong.

With that being said, these are the two out of many best final acts in director M. Night Shyamalan’s cinematic career –

Unbreakable

Unbreakable (2000) was written, directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan
Unbreakable (2000) was written, directed, and produced by M. Night Shyamalan

This film never felt like an average comic book adaptation. Instead, the villainy and superhero theme of the film took audiences to the backseat of the grounded drama so that they could actually enjoy the life of David Dunn, a character played by Bruce Willis. The movie curated a mystery in motion as Dunn finds himself in the middle of a tragic and devastating train crash.

However, the college security guard manages to escape the accident without a scratch. The real twist of the film begins when Dunn discovers that he could actually sense criminal intention by touching a person for real. As a result, he uses this ability to save the innocents. But the twist comes when he touches Elijah and realizes that he has orchestrated multiple tragic accidents, including the devastating train crash David went through. No one would have thought that the art gallery owner (Elijah Price, played by Samuel L. Jackson) will turn out to be such a mass murderer.

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense (1999) is directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan
The Sixth Sense (1999) is directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan

This film stood out to be a realm of psychological horror as it was super lucrative in terms of storytelling. In fact, the plot twist was a big shock for everyone. It was Bruce Willis who plays the role of a child psychologist, Malcolm Crowe. At the very beginning of the film, a former patient kills Malcolm stating that he failed to treat him well. But later, the plot sees Malcolm treating a new patient. Precisely, the plot depicted that Malcolm was one of the undead spirits and the conclusion of the film, which horrifies the audience, helps him to find peace once again.

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Prateek Chatterjee
Prateek Chatterjee

Hey there! I'm a content and copywriter by profession. Been like three years into this domain and have been a perpetual writer with Animated Times since last one year (approx.). A Marvel maniac and kinda Potterhead. Trying to articulate things simpler and thrillful to experience. Check out my articles with Animated Times here and do not forget to follow us on social media platforms for regular updates.

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