MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 149 this week

The Village (2004)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  30 July 2004 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 161,208 users   Metascore: 44/100
Reviews: 1,976 user | 262 critic | 40 from Metacritic.com

The population of a small, isolated countryside village believe that their alliance with the mysterious creatures that inhabit the forest around them is coming to an end.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 21 Sep 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 16 Oct 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 04 Jan 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Village" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Village (2004)

The Village (2004) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Village.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
Fermat's Room (2007)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a ... See full summary »

Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña
Stars: Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lluís Homar
Exam (2009)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.

Director: Stuart Hazeldine
Stars: Adar Beck, Gemma Chan, Nathalie Cox
Phone Booth (2002)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years -- which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno
Adventure | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.

Director: David Twohy
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer
Hierro (2009)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After her son goes missing, a broken mother returns months later to the island of El Hierro to identify a body. She finds out her son is not the only one missing.

Director: Gabe Ibáñez
Stars: Elena Anaya, Bea Segura, Mar Sodupe
Odd Thomas (2013)
Fantasy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Leonor Varela
Torn Curtain (1966)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova
Sleuth (1972)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A couple works hard to renovate their dream house and become landlords to pay for it. Unfortunately one of their tenants has plans of his own.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, Michael Keaton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Vivian Percy
John Christopher Jones ...
Robert Percy
...
Victor
...
...
...
...
...
Jamison
Edit

Storyline

In a quiet, isolated village in olde Pennsylvania, there lies a pact between the people of the village and the creatures who reside in the surrounding woods: the townspeople do not enter the woods, and the creatures do not enter the village. The pact stays true for many years, but when Lucius Hunt seeks medical supplies from the towns beyond the wood, the pact is challenged. Animal carcasses, devoid of fur, begin to appear around the village, causing the council of elders to fear for the safety of the village, the pact, and so much more. Written by simsman24000

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

village | woods | pact | creature | town | See more »

Taglines:

There is no turning back See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a scene of violence and frightening situations | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

M. Night Shyamalan's The Village  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,589,532 (Italy) (29 October 2004)

Gross:

$114,195,633 (USA) (26 November 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The director cast Bryce Dallas Howard without an audition after seeing her perform on stage. See more »

Goofs

When Ivy crawls out of the hole in the woods her hands are covered with mud. However when she breaks her cane and for the rest of the movie her hands are perfectly clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
August Nicholson: Who'll pinch me to wake me up? Who will laugh at me when I fall? Whose breath will I listen for so that I may sleep? Whose hand will I hold so that I may walk?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Those We Don't Speak Of - Joey Anaya and Kevin Foster See more »

Connections

References The Wicker Man (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Not necessarily a horror film, but a character study with elements of horror
1 August 2004 | by (Hillsboro, OR) – See all my reviews

I went to see M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" today.

First things first... I won't even discuss a SINGLE aspect of the plot, here, so you can read this safely. I will say this: If you plan to see the movie, do not read a single review (besides mine!). As with most of Shyamalan's films, the less you know about the plot going in, the better.

As far as the quality of the film... it is solid. Beautifully directed, well acted, dramatic, scary, sometimes funny, and with some great plot twists. It is not as good as "The Sixth Sense", but it's probably not fair to keep comparing Shyamalan's work to his first big hit, one of the best psychological horror films ever made. A director could work his entire career and never make a SINGLE film as good as "The Sixth Sense", let alone recapture that movie's amazing brilliance.

But, I hear you asking, is "The Village" better than "Unbreakable" and "Signs" (Shyamalan's second and third films)??? Well, that depends on what you thought of those films. Personally, I'd probably say that it is a better film than those two. At the very least it is more sophisticated, with stronger themes, a much bigger and better cast, and more subtle surprises than in those two films.

"The Village" continues Shyamalan's pattern of there being twists in the plot, but this time there are SEVERAL of them and they occur sporadically throughout the film... not one big one at the end. You WILL be surprised by the film, but don't expect to be bowled over.

I would describe this as his most subtle film, and also as more of a character study than a horror film. The characters here are very rich, and their interactions and relationships with one another are very rewarding in big and small ways. The acting is phenomenal, most noticeably by Academy Award winner Adrian Brody and Joaquin Phoenix. But first time actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Ron Howard's daughter), William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver all give solid performances as well.

"The Village" is a character study of how a community and individuals respond under pressure and fear. And while it has elements of horror, I'm not even sure I would describe it as a horror film.

But don't get me wrong, there are some real scary moments in the film... just don't go in expecting a roller coaster ride. While I was watching it, I kept thinking about some of the better episodes of The Twilight Zone that had a few thrills but left you thinking about human nature more than anything.

Go see "The Village", but bring someone with you.


270 of 381 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Am I the only one who thinks this movie is amazing? mmnyc1823
Park Rangers kaosnklutter
Those we don't speak of - spinoff Motion-Picture-Extremism
EDITING and NITPICKS RustyNail80
Did anyone else guess the twist? JackWyndamChandlerMD
Bad marketing Reggy078
Discuss The Village (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?