All directors have their trademarks – little “calling cards” that crop up frequently in their films and immediately remind you that you’re watching one of their films.
For Alfred Hitchcock, it was blondes and self-cameos. For Quentin Tarantino, it’s obscure film references and…feet.
John Woo is partial to slow-motion and doves, while Tim Burton tends not to shout “action” without off-kilter gothic visuals and Johnny Depp present and accounted for.
In the case of M. Night Shyamalan, the filmmaking tic that tends to crop up most in his movies is the plot twist, or more specifically, twist endings.
Unfortunately, consistently coming up with ways to pull the rug out from under the audience has proven a difficult act for Shyamalan to maintain, and his unsustainable game plan has thus far yielded only two great films.
The first is pop culture touchstone The Sixth Sense. The other is Unbreakable, Shyamalan’s less well-remembered foray into the world of comic book mythology, which turns 15 this month.