Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The story focuses on a former Episcopal priest named Graham Hess who discovers a series of crop circles in his cornfield. Hess slowly becomes convinced that the phenomena are a result of extraterrestrial life. It stars Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin. Signs explores faith, kinship and extraterrestrials.
M. Night Shyamalan’s – Signs (2002)
Writer-Director; M. Night Shyamalan brings his distinctive, oblique approach to aliens in ‘Signs’ after tackling ghosts (The Sixth Sense) and superheroes (Unbreakable). With Mel Gibson replacing Bruce Willis as the traditional Shyamalan hero–a family man traumatised by loss–and leaving urban Philadelphia for the Pennsylvania sticks, the film starts with crop circles showing up on the property Gibson shares with his ex-ballplayer brother (Joaquin Phoenix) and his two troubled pre-teen kids. Though the world outside is undergoing a crisis of Independence Day-sized proportions, Shyamalan limits the focus to this family, who retreat into their cellar when “intruders” arrive from lights in the sky and set out to “harvest” them.
Just as ‘Unbreakable’ slowly revealed itself to be a Superman re-thought as an intense personal drama, this is ’The Birds’ redone as a drama of faith lost and regained. Shyamalan proves yet again that he can direct the suspense and shock dramas better than anyone else!