Thursday, 8 July 2010

Reasons to love IMDb user ratings #2:

M. Night Shyamalan's career trajectory in IMDb user ratings:

The Sixth Sense (1999) - 8.2

Unbreakable (2000) - 7.3

Signs (2002) - 6.9

The Village (2004) - 6.6

Lady in the Water (2006) - 5.8

The Happening (2008) - 5.2

The Last Airbender (2010) - 4.4

There's a pretty unmistakable trend going on here. I still had hope for this guy long after most people had given up on him. It may have become a bit cliché these days but The Sixth Sense was a truly great and inventive film and, despite having one of the world's most anti-climatic endings ever, Unbreakable was certainly an interesting premise.

The thing is, when you see a trend like this, and M. Night Shyamalan's ever decreasing reputation in the public eye, you have to wonder why a studio would hand him $200 million to direct in a genre that he's completely unproven in.

It will be interesting to see where Shyamalan goes from here. The Last Airbender might just irreparably damage his career but surely, SURELY he can't make a film that will get a lower IMDb rating than that. Can he?

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