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An essential horror film of recent years: it earned 30 times its budget and dug its director out of the pit

M. Night Shyamalan was going through a tough time as a director until 2015, when he raised his head.

after the huge success of the sixth Sense (1999), M. Night Shyamalan became one of the best directors of the time, especially within the horror genre. strengthened its position with protégé (2000) Y symptoms (2002), but he soon entered a string of failures, both at the box office and with the public, which he was slow to overcome. a decade later, Diverse He set out to restore his reputation, and he did it by investing only $9 million, In one of those cases less is more, the filmmaker showed that low budgets suit most terrifying stories very well.

The 2000s were full of disappointments for Shyamalan. incident, airbender hey after Earth They sank his career, as None was well received by critics or the public. premiered in 2015 journey, a very original horror and comedy film that for many was a return to the best of Shyamalan. It’s about some kids going on vacation with their grandparents, until they notice something strange about them. The success of the tape paved the way for his next film and his real comeback.

Next year, Shyamalan Diversesequel to protégé, his special vision of the world of superheroes. It was released 16 years after its predecessor, but one can’t blame them for letting so much time pass. The wait was worth it.

Diverse Centered on Kevin Crumb, a man who suffers from dissociative identity disorder resulting from a case of child abuse and neglect. Kevin lives with 23 different personalities, ranging from the charismatic like Barry to the authoritarian like Patricia. One of them, The Beast, plans to get rid of all the impure who have not suffered. His treating psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher, learns that Kevin’s worst personality has been taking over Kevin for a long time and that two young girls have been kidnapped.

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Ten years later, Shyamalan managed to develop an engaging ‘thriller’ that was close to the best of his career. “a masterpiece that blends Hitchcock, horror and a therapy session”, wrote Guardian, And it is something like this. The filmmaker creates a tense story like few others in his career and is completely devoid of impact.

M. Night Shyamalan only spent $9 million to make it Diverse, To get an idea: the sixth Sense was made with 40 million and protégé With 75. Staying under 10 million must have been a challenge, but it worked in their favor. The film is anchored by an impeccable performance by James McAvoy, who single-handedly embodies the 23 personalities the protagonist inhabits. A very thorough exercise in interpretation that has gone unnoticed. This could be the best role of the actor’s career.

All of this earned him $278 million at the box office. according to the calculation of deadline, It was made with a profit of around 68 million and has a return on investment of over 2000%, an atrocity.

The stellar reception the film received confirmed that Shyamalan was here to stay and made it possible to create his own saga. Later Diverse cheap wine glass (crystal) In 2019, with worse reviews, yes, but it closed a phase that began two decades ago. Beyond box office results, the trilogy achieved several milestones in Hollywood cinema. protégé tagged as first everyday superhero moviewhile Diverse It is considered the first solo supervillain origin story and Hollywood’s first stealth sequel.

protégé Available on Disney+ Diverse on Netflix and Prime Video, and glass on Disney+.

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