Film review: Sixth Sense
- By: Sean A Spence
“See… to perceive by the sense seated in the eye; to perceive mentally; to apprehend; to recognise; to understand; to learn.”1
This film is about reparation: what happens when one man gets to retrace his steps, to see his errors, and to correct or atone for something he has previously missed. It shows what transpires when an item of his clinical work comes to affect the course of his whole life. It also bears on an old distinction: that there may be acts of omission as well as of commission; that what we fail to do may be as significant as purposely doing wrong.
Bruce Willis plays Dr Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist - and a man whose life seems to have come together, only for it to unravel in a most unusual way. As a result, he comes to meet Cole Sear (played by Haley Joel Osment), a young