The Village, M. Night Shyamalan, 2004 @1hr03m19s
Ivy Elizabeth Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), the blind daughter of The Village's chief elder, prepares for the perilous trip deep into the heart of the woods as she seeks out medical supplies for the injured Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix).
If 2002's Signs signalled the beginning of M. Night Shyamalan's downward-spiralling trend, The Village surely cemented over the remains of his reputation. Considered "a colossal miscalculation", "witless" and possessing of a premise "so transparent it would be laughable were the movie not so deadly solemn", The Village was critically mauled. Yet there are moments of great beauty in the film; James Newton Howard's fluttering score, a solid and impassioned lead performance from Howard, and impressive production design from Tom Foden.