Starring Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis
Buried deep inside this psychological thriller is a fantastic half-hour Twilight Zone episode! - In it's final fifteen minutes, the story takes a brilliant turn that comes as a total surprise but, in retrospect, is set up perfectly. Earlier scenes in the movie that seemed to be barely significant at the time suddenly come into focus and make perfect sense!!
As you can see by my "Starring" credits above, Mr. Willis is very good in his "Supporting" role as Dr. Malcolm Crowe - a celebrated child psychologist who is shot by a former patient that obviously didn't respond to earlier treatment. Thus, when he meets 8-year old Cole Sear (Osment) with similar disturbing behavior, he becomes obsessed with the hope of "redeeming" himself and saving the troubled child. The Real star in this film is young Osment who gives one of the best child-actor performances of the year. Not only does he appear in most of the scenes, he has to Act in them .... and he does it extremely well !!
I have to admit that I was blind-sided by the ending. There is an adequate number of hints throughout the thriller that get lost in the shuffle. But it all comes together in the finale when everything takes on an intriguing new dimension. I think you'll agree that it's well worth the wait !!
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