The Village (2004)

August 9, 2008

Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Brendan Gleeson, Judy Greer

Writer/Director: M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” is a suspenseful story of a small community whose inhabitants are plagued by fear of the unknown forest that surrounds them. For years, they have kept a truce with mysterious creatures in the woods by vowing never to breach a clearly defined border. However, when a young man (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes determined to explore the nearby towns, his actions are met with menacing consequences. He falls in love with the town founders blind daughter (Bryce Dallas Howard). A tender love story develops that is eventually put to the test when Phoenix’s character is badly injured and can only be saved if Howard’s character ventures through the forest into the towns to “fetch medicines”.