M. Night Shyamalan
Regardless of what your feelings are about Shyamalan's previous two films (THE SIXTH SENSE, UNBREAKABLE), one has to admit that you always walk out of them thinking "what if?" and this one is no different. Crop circles are still pretty mysterious and to date, not all of them can be explained by a few English blokes walking around with boards and rope so the film does touch on everyone's natural fear of the unknown. What it doesn't do, unfortunately, is take that fear and really stimulate it by keeping you guessing. Every time a question comes up, it's basically answered too quickly for us to ponder the potentially good or potentially horrible consequences and the film's ending doesn't really display the entire magnitude of its events. Nonetheless, it still makes for decent late night viewing with a few creepy moments and what's more, Mel Gibson crying, as in most of his films. And let's not forget the very entertaining character played by Joaquin Phoenix. As Gibson's brother Merrill, he infuses some much needed humor in the film and gives us another taste of his versatility as an actor. A beautiful farmhouse setting rounds up the really neat and simple look of the film and makes the irregular events in this most quaint of places, look even more disturbing. Overall, a good watch on a dark rainy night, but nothing really out of the ordinary.
The rest of the lineup isn't as stellar. It includes a group of five deleted scenes which won't really be missed by anyone who watches the movie and an interactive feature called "Storyboards: multi-angle feature" which allows you to watch a few scenes from different perspectives (storyboards or finished) and to play them with different audio mixes (finished, voices, effects). Also included is "Night's first alien movie", which is a very short film Shyamalan made as a kid in his living room about a monster chasing and eating him.