SIGNS Analyzed & Explained - Movie Review


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  • lunastarz88
    lunastarz88  14 hours back

    This is a great, great film

    • Jon
      Jon  16 hours back

      "I'm insane with anger!"

      • Shine Star
        Shine Star  3 days back

        This movie is like Christian Rock. It's not good but some people love it for obvious reasons.

        • Knavire
          Knavire  1 days back

          But it is good.

      • ROARraps
        ROARraps  3 days back

        I actually like this film a lot. I personally liked the pacing, the horrific reveals, and especially the buildup. I see it keeps getting a tough break and I’ve never understood why.

        • robert klukas
          robert klukas  4 days back

          signs is an absolute piece of shit... the worst representation of setup and payoff I have ever seen. it started off great, and then at 3/4 of the way through, Shamalamadingdong shows up... drops some exposition... and then shits the rest of this garbage monster onto the screen. after watching your reaction to this shit movie... it seriously makes me question your understanding of cinema...

          • Jeffrey Stroman
            Jeffrey Stroman  5 days back

            Normally I'd suggest you went to film school to appreciate and explain this film, here it seems you went to film school to justify this one. My takeaway was they used the phenomenon of crop circles to sell a 50s Blob scifi plot. Then again, you'd probably hear my favorite Jaco bass album and not hear the absolute genius that I do. So to each his own, I guess

            • Gonçalo Baptista
              Gonçalo Baptista  5 days back

              For God sakes. This movie talks about a alien invasion to a world 70% water, where their weakness is... Water.

              • Knavire
                Knavire  1 days back

                Water. A substance that makes up a lot of our planet and...Maybe, possibly, some on Mars.
                Where else? Exactly. How are they to know a weakness to a substance that doesn't (or barely) exists anywhere but Earth.

              • Hash Brown Slinging-Slasher
                Hash Brown Slinging-Slasher  3 days back

                Gonçalo Baptista Yeah, but they must’ve expected the humans to either
                A) Be just afraid of water as they were.
                B) Not expected that the humans kept water in their own home, on hand, considering they already have so much water surrounding them.

            • Rusty Kuntz
              Rusty Kuntz  6 days back

              Say what you want about Mel Gibson personally, the man can fucking act. No other actor could of played Graham like he did, to perfection.

              • Anthony Emrick
                Anthony Emrick  6 days back

                It's interesting, a Scienctist who works with Linda Multon Howe, who happens to study crop circles, found a 8-bit ascii code in many of the crop circles around the World. He has been interpreting messages in many of them. It's fascinating and creepy too.

                • Anthony Emrick
                  Anthony Emrick  6 days back

                  This one grew on me more over the years. The ending of this always gets me though..I always choke up when Gibson is rubbing Culkins chest and just repeating in desperation, "His lungs were closed up, he didn't get any Poison".
                  One thing though, this movie initially didn't hit me all at once like 6th sense or Unbroken. It took me watching it over and over for it to grow on me, ultimately becoming one of my favorite M. Night films

                  • BiddNo Ro
                    BiddNo Ro  7 days back

                    This is actually my favorite M Night film.

                    • Diado Mraz
                      Diado Mraz  7 days back

                      It is an awesome film, still the water is inexcusable, no way to spin it right, if they can get here, they can wear something, we figured out how to stay dry, it inst that complicated :) They tried to avoid the War Of The Worlds finale and be original , it didn't work
                      Still the movie is not about that so it dont really matter, it is not attempting to explain the aliens. War of the worlds although is structured around a normal guy trying to get to his wife goes into explanations way more, it is smart for Signs to cut that part and do only what the point is, movies that try to do what books can ( fit 12 hrs of reading in 1.5 hr film ) always fail
                      In my opinion the should have done even less, kill the alien with the bat and leave the whole retreat unexplained.

                      • Knavire
                        Knavire  17 hours back

                        @Diado Mraz A farm uses water but you won't find it in large standing amounts (like a lake). Any water on a farm is also more than likely irrigation, either sapped into the soil or confined to channels. Not exposed. A farm, then, presents very little risk of direct extensive exposure. Point 1, Shyamalan.

                        Through the clouds, they would have come protected in ships. As far as the air down below, it's air. Not water. It *contains* water but not in concentrated levels (or else you'd walk outside into water). A glass of water, for comparison, contains roughly 4700 drops of pure liquid. A huge amount of this 'criticism' from people seems to hinge on the notion that literally any remote suggestion of water burns them like the harshest acid -- but that's fucking dumb and not even how anything works. Amounts matter and effects vary accordingly. Point 2, Shyamalan.

                        When we first see water harm one of them, it's only a partial spill from a glass and it eats away the creature's shoulder down to the bloody inner flesh. The second time is Merrill batting glasses at it in the climax. It's getting damaged but still not the full dose, and not in vital areas. The fatal moment comes when the creature is knocked down (they do seem physically quite frail - they could likely have just been literally beaten back if not for their poison) and a full glass spills entirely onto its face. We see this incident from its view so we can presume its eyes were open. Eyes are...Well, sensitive. And more fragile than skin by far. And it's a full dose concentrated in one area. And what, in humanoids, tends to lie behind the eyes? Just, well, the most vital organ. Point 3, Shyamalan.

                        You know, Chris mentioned how he liked that vet line from Mel because M. Night wasn't insulting his audience by spoonfeeding everything.
                        But clearly this audience seriously just needs a spoon.

                      • Diado Mraz
                        Diado Mraz  1 days back

                        @Knavire So what you are saying is that they managed to come here from above ( trough the clouds) send scouts that encountered no water ( because it is only in the lakes right, a farm has no wather, not to mention the air) attacked the planet to find out it doesn't agree with then and left

                        Atleast they could've made it wearing a suit that got torn

                      • Knavire
                        Knavire  1 days back

                        ​@Diado Mraz Right. Water. That substance that makes up a lot of our planet, and that we've maybe found a little of on Mars, but not really anywhere else.
                        Do people just not pay attention? The aliens here are recon - unfamiliar with the planet, gathering information. And mostly marking sites with crop circles. Crop fields aren't near lakes and such. These scouts wouldn't be encountering much water anyway. So the recon guys wouldn't even be familiar with water as a substance, let alone the wider species be aware of its damaging reactions to their flesh.

                        The flaw isn't in water as a weakness. The flaw is M. Night's line about how he thinks they don't like water because the crop circles aren't near water. The fucking FARMERS planted the crops away from water, Ray, not the aliens! The hint should have been handled smarter is all.

                      • Diado Mraz
                        Diado Mraz  1 days back

                        because water was like acid to them ?

                      • Knavire
                        Knavire  1 days back

                        Why would they worry about staying dry?

                    • serkseees
                      serkseees  7 days back

                      Analyze Donnie Darko I’m still confused by that movie haha

                      • Knavire
                        Knavire  1 days back

                        What's confusing?

                    • Konstantine
                      Konstantine  1 weeks back

                      I always thought that Alien saved the kid from dying

                      • D V
                        D V  1 weeks back

                        No vales verga!

                        • LimpossibleProductionz
                          LimpossibleProductionz  1 weeks back

                          There were a lot of things in this movie that went over people’s heads and so they thought it was a bad movie

                          • Sean H
                            Sean H  1 weeks back

                            Bruh, an "accidental car accident"? WTF? She died in a car crash.

                            • waffleless
                              waffleless  1 weeks back

                              23:18 No, no it is not. Everything so far has confirmed the Perfect Cosmological Principle.
                              I’m not arguing that ruins the movie, but there is no way the aliens wouldn’t know what such a simple compound is, and how it behaves in its liquid state. On the other hand their own planet might have an entirely different climate, although that makes them not wearing any sort of clothes or protection rather odd. Again, it must all simply be do to desperation.
                              They knew that the planet we call Earth was covered in water, but it was one of the only ones they have found with s breathable athmosphere. While they had the technology for interstellar travel, and the capabilities to feed such a large population, they did not devote any ressources to arm or protect these scouts.

                              • waffleless
                                waffleless  1 weeks back

                                One could spend hours trying to understand their physiology, technology, motivation and behaviour, but that is also a detriment, as there is a good chance you’ll be prompted to do so right at the *finale* of the movie, completely taking you out of the experience.

                            • MAnGOE Revolved
                              MAnGOE Revolved  1 weeks back

                              This movie is what got me into aliens, ufos and it terrified me I was about 7-8 when I saw it

                              • Bastian
                                Bastian  1 weeks back

                                I'm sorry Chris, but this movie is exceptionally dumb. You're attempts to justify its blatant and obvious stupidity... fall flat, and come off as rather desperate. You'd be better off simply coming to terms with it's ridiculousness, and embrace the fact that you love a stupid stupid movie. ...and hey, it's ok. We all have our guilty pleasures. :)

                                • jane eyre
                                  jane eyre  1 weeks back

                                  I still think they are supposed to be demons and not aliens. I've believed it ever since I was a child when I first watched it. Think about it. The word Alien has many meanings. Someone from another country can also be called "Alien". It was used all the time to reference people of other countries back in the day. Alien is anything from somewhere foreign. Demon= something and Hell= somewhere foriegn. Bo, the daughter, was a miracle child as we discovered when he tells her the story of her birth. She drinks the water making holy water which would have an effect the demons. The crop circles are summoning circles. It's also a old tale that creatures can not pass through a threshold ( the pantry door). They are harvesting the people, aka their souls and taking them back with them. Angel's are k own to use vehicles why not demons as well. We are never showed how the aliens get to earth. We are just told that its invisible during the day and lights at night.

                                  • Kyle Baltzer
                                    Kyle Baltzer  1 weeks back

                                    "Accidental car accident" what!?

                                    • epundo3
                                      epundo3  7 days back

                                      I was literally about to say this lol

                                  • rghmf
                                    rghmf  1 weeks back

                                    signs didn't let me sleep for nights when i was a kid

                                    • fi ka
                                      fi ka  2 weeks back

                                      Signs is one of my top movies of all time. I can watch it over and over spotting something new everytime.

                                      • Pika Pika
                                        Pika Pika  2 weeks back

                                        I saw this movie when I was 11 and I got traumatized to the point that I would throw water out of the shower just in case there was an alien. This followed me to adulthood. 😭

                                        • Greta Gardner
                                          Greta Gardner  2 weeks back

                                          Cris Stuckmann, you are a gem!

                                          • nel 9
                                            nel 9  2 weeks back

                                            Demons not aliens ...the water was blessed and glasses of it were left all over for protection. They were here for us ( our souls) not the earth , its the devil's domain & it's up to us to fight evil & fight for our souls.

                                            • White Rob
                                              White Rob  2 weeks back

                                              It grows on me more every time I see it.

                                              • Troin
                                                Troin  2 weeks back

                                                I wouldn’t be surprised if the hate that this movie got were Nostalgia Critic fans regurgitating everything he said like robots.

                                                • Bastian
                                                  Bastian  1 weeks back

                                                  @Troin No problem.

                                                • Troin
                                                  Troin  1 weeks back

                                                  Bastian Sorry about my response, that’s something that I occasionally need to work on.

                                                • Bastian
                                                  Bastian  1 weeks back

                                                  @Troin Ok? Sorry if I offended, but I think the movie is quite ridiculously dumb in many ways, and I came to that conclusion on my own.
                                                  I think Chris has his thickest nostalgia glasses on when it comes to this movie, and refuses to acknowledge it's blatant plot holes and shortcomings. I found his attempts to explain these away to be extremely week, to say the least.

                                                • Troin
                                                  Troin  1 weeks back

                                                  Bastian You sounded kind of disrespectful when you brought up Chris and sounded very easily dismissive.

                                                • Bastian
                                                  Bastian  1 weeks back

                                                  Not familiar with "Nostalgia Critic" but I watched this movie when it first came out... and just couldn't get past how incredibly dumb it was. And Chris's *attempts* at explaining away the stupidity come off as desperate and disingenuous. IMO

                                              • Ben Bradley
                                                Ben Bradley  2 weeks back

                                                A good reminder of how subjective movies can be. I don't think this is a good movie, but I can understand why you did.

                                                • Renee Whitfield
                                                  Renee Whitfield  2 weeks back

                                                  I remember seeing this as a teenager in the theater when it was out. The scene where the alien is taped by the car and walks across the screen everyone screamed in the theater!

                                                  • autumn bella
                                                    autumn bella  2 weeks back

                                                    Thank you for taking me back to the first time I saw the movie and was in complete awe at the age of 8

                                                    • XWolven
                                                      XWolven  2 weeks back

                                                      I just realized how similar the twist theme of Signs is the same as one of my favorite movies, The Fisher King. Many of the same concepts of predestination and fate are explored and interpreting Signs from god and how everything is connected and happens for a reason

                                                      • XWolven
                                                        XWolven  2 weeks back

                                                        First thing I always do when people say they hate this movie is ask if they understood what the title "Signs" really meant in the movie. If they get that wrong I know they missed the entire intention of the movie and fell for the most basic plot on the surface.

                                                        • TheBizziB
                                                          TheBizziB  2 weeks back

                                                          Something I just noticed at 2:00 when Chris comments on Gibson’s character waking up feeling off, notice how everything in the shot looks symmetrical and lined up except Gibson who is sitting up slightly off center to the left.

                                                          • Anroll282
                                                            Anroll282  2 weeks back

                                                            I was like 10 or so when i watched the movie. Couldn't F****** stop shivering in fear that night.

                                                            • LahaveNS
                                                              LahaveNS  2 weeks back

                                                              Signs is the reason i don't watch scary movies. Everything mentioned in this review regarding why it's scary, is spot on and exactly why i find it so terrifying. Watching this review even gave me the heebies, dead serious. I'm getting ready for work at 4am, it's still very dark, and I'm super on edge. I've avoided this folm since i saw it all those years ago ... because it affects me so strongly. Now it's back.

                                                              • Oghren
                                                                Oghren  2 weeks back

                                                                Excellent review just discovered this channel by watching Joker review Signs was one of the first quote on quote scary movies I watched as a kid and it gave me the shills for years not sure if I entirely recovered actually awesome breakdown; true story I remember after watching this for the first time as a kid heading to my room for the night and hearing a noise from my room my room was the one closest to the backyard and being absolutely fucking terrified as I waited noiselessly only to continue hearing movement outside scared shitless like rat cornered by a fucking snake I thought no way we have a pool back there it wouldn’t be here I finally after what seemed like hours which was probably only about a few minutes I was possessed enough to look out the blinds and probably see the damn thing and hear it make that awful thrilling noise and probably have several heart attacks before dying of fright i finally pulled back the blinds and see a fucking cat looking right at me boy was I pissed

                                                                • NextChannelGames
                                                                  NextChannelGames  2 weeks back

                                                                  My dad took me to see this at a AMC theatre with a big screen. This movie was amazing!

                                                                  • Justin William
                                                                    Justin William  2 weeks back

                                                                    They wanted to harvest us for our 65% water content in our body

                                                                    • Ojthemighty
                                                                      Ojthemighty  2 weeks back

                                                                      Well rotten tomatoes is made up of a bunch of hacks so what did you expect

                                                                      • David Coley Art
                                                                        David Coley Art  3 weeks back

                                                                        Holy crap. It really is holy water, Bo is the "priest" who "blessed" each glass!

                                                                        • David Coley Art
                                                                          David Coley Art  3 weeks back

                                                                          Aliens are demons. Holy water...

                                                                          • Mada Girl
                                                                            Mada Girl  3 weeks back

                                                                            This movie scared the fucking piss out of me LOL. I couldn't sleep for two months. Joaquin phoenix was spectacular!!!!!! That scene with him in the tinfoil hat when he's sitting with his nephew and niece , and Mel walks in as they are watching the TV. priceless !!!!my favorite!!!!👏🏾💯👏🏾💯👏🏾💯👏🏾🔥👸🏾

                                                                            • / -FrostSepticGamer- \
                                                                              / -FrostSepticGamer- \  3 weeks back

                                                                              Just imagine an alternate universe: Humans go to invade other planets with life. What happens is that some random persons in charge of the coordinate controls just draw a dick.

                                                                              • Alvin Noel de Guzman
                                                                                Alvin Noel de Guzman  3 weeks back

                                                                                accidental car accident? huh?

                                                                                • Gary H
                                                                                  Gary H  3 weeks back

                                                                                  I love this movie. I always have. I too had some problems with some things. However, when Chris is saying that the aliens are desperate and scared, that made total sense to me. I never considered that before. We are so conditioned by movies where these super angry destructive aliens come and just destroy everything. If you look at them as just another race, that is desperate to survive. this movie falls right into place. Like he said, they're only there 3 days and then the get out of there.

                                                                                  • Thoughtful Devil
                                                                                    Thoughtful Devil  3 weeks back

                                                                                    What I don't understand is why the aliens aren't just demons. I mean, how great a twist would that be? We go in expecting Aliens, and we get The Exorcist. The existence of a personal God and Aliens is two leaps of faith the audience has to make, but if you change it to God + Demons, then it's just one. I don't believe in Demons or Aliens, but I'd watch the shit out of a horror movie about a demonic invasion - when has that ever been done before?