If you’re expecting to be surprised, can something surprise you at all?
M. Night Shyamalan’s “twist” endings in his movies are his creative signature. We know that if his name is tacked onto the front of a film, there will be a “surprise” left turn at the end. The Sixth Sense? He’s dead the whole time. Signs? The aliens are real. As I watched a trailer for The Village in a movie theater in 2004, the friend I was seeing it with muttered about how good it looked and speculated about what the surprise would be. I whispered, “I bet they’re not really in old times. They’re probably being lied to and it’s present day.”