Lady in the Water (2006, Movie) – 3/10

Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Producer: M. Night Shyamalan
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Paul Giamatti: Cleveland Heep
Bryce Dallas Howard: Story
Bob Balaban: Harry Farber
Jeffrey Wright: Mr. Dury
Sarita Choudhury: Anna Ran
Cindy Cheung: Young-Soon Choi
Freddy Rodriguez: Reggie
Bill Irwin: Mr. Leeds
Jared Harris: Goatie Smoker
Mary Beth Hurt: Mrs. Bell
M. Night Shyamalan: Vick Ran

Lady in the Water (2006)

After investigating some nocturnal splashing in the apartment pool, caretaker-with-a-past Cleveland Heep slips over and awakes in his room in the company of a rather under-dressed and otherworldly young woman. She calls herself Story and Heep realises that he must protect and help her return to her own world at any cost.


Impenetrable, uninteresting and unconvincing fairy tale. It’s pretty well directed and acted but the writing is incoherent and clumsy and completely buries any worthwhile message M. Night Shyamalan wanted to deliver. That said, the one-sided muscle-man is an agreeably insane idea but it is James Newton Howard’s music that is the only element of a consistently high quality.

This movie contains inferred violence, unpleasant scenes and inferred non-sexual nudity.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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