Whatcha thinkin' 'bout, Marky Mark?
I really liked The Sixth Sense, and really, really liked Unbreakable, by M. Night Shyamalan, so was looking forward to seeing Signs, even though the presence of Mel Gibson playing a priest made me nervous.
Signs was a stinking pile of sh*t, properly and hilariously skewered by Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards in Scary Movie 3. Signs is about (spoilers) all of these horrible things happening, but happening for a reason, and the reason is God, so no matter how bad things are, God still loves you. Mel Gibson/Charlie Sheen's wife gets cut in two. This causes Mel Gibson to lose his faith, and Charlie Sheen to ask the police if he could have five minutes with his wife's bottom half.
I'm offended by a God who can't just come out and tell you how to defeat murdering aliens, but has to do it by playing cosmic charades (Signs), which in this case includes cutting a woman in half, a failed baseball career, and an emotionally disturbed child. I didn't find Signs inspiring, but rather saccharine and insulting.
M. Night Shyamalan's latest movie is The Happening, and again he taps into the spiritual. Shymamalan is pretty cagey about his own personal beliefs but seems to prefer casting religious actors, his latest being Mark Wahlberg. Who knew HE was a Christian?
According to IO9
[Shyamalan] also claimed that [he cast] Mark Wahlberg because of his strong faith in Jesus. But Wahlberg's religious faith ended up causing a ton of reshoots. Whenever Shyamalan would ask Wahlberg what he was thinking about, and Wahlberg replied, "Jesus," Shyamalan would make him reshoot the scene in question. (Until he was no longer thinking about Jesus?)Oh, well. I wouldn't throw Mark Wahlberg out of my bed for thinking of Jesus.
YouTube: Martin Sheen in Scary Movie 3 (Signs)
The Science Behind The Happening Is Jesus?