Mel Gibson stars in this thriller about the world under
threat from invaders from another world in Signs. He plays the part of Graham
Hess, a former minister of the church who has left the faith to stay with his
family and tend the farm after the death of his wife.
Their world is turned upside down after
Hess' children discover a crop circle in the cornfields outside their house
and all of a sudden other crop circles show up all over the planet proving to
be navigational signs placed by advance scouts of an alien invasion force.
The movie itself is secular, choosing to
predominantly remain on the farm, Hess, his two children and his brother,
played by Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator). The movie's strength lies in it's
dialogue and appears very rarely to use any sort of special effects to enhance
the storyline. The script is very tight and the exceptional abilities of the
actors will keep you riveted from start to finish.
The feature is transferred in 16:9
Widescreen format and recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. The film appears
to have been given some sort of colour treatment as seems to be a trademark of
director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) and looks great. There is a very
brief pause when the disc changes layers however it is not a hindrance to the
movie. Surround sound is used effectively and is not over the top. There are a
number of times that it's used very effectively to shock the viewer and this
it does extremely admirably.
I was disappointed to only see that there
were no specials on this DVD and this has resulted in the second score being
0/10. The movie itself is worth the purchase of the disc, however I have seen
other Shyamalan movies where there was lot more content on the disc and the
director does give very good commentaries which would have been worth
including on this DVD.