M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” is a dramatic-romantic thriller set in an 1897 Pennsylvania village called Covington, which is in a valley surrounded by woods. The arrangement is that people of Covington are never to enter the woods, and “mythical creatures” that live in the woods will not enter the village. A dead animal is found skinned and bleeding in the village. Apparently someone has broken the rule, and the creatures are not pleased. As a result, the village goes on high alert and watches and waits in fear for any appearance of the creatures. A situation occurs where Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) is close to death and needs medications that they do not have in the village. A blind girl, Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), who is in love with Lucius, determines to take the risk and venture through the woods to the nearest town to get the needed medications. Also starring William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver.
“The Village” is the tale of an isolated, old-fashioned community. Despite the fear of the creatures in the woods, the nature of people is still to push the limits of danger. Boys will stand on a tree stump at night, with their backs to the woods and their arms outstretched, and fearfully wait for the creatures to come.
There is no offensive language, sexual content or graphic violence. This movie’s negative elements are minimal and are often created by the tension of what could happen, rather than what actually does happen. However, to a child, images of the skinned livestock may be disturbing and the sight of a scary-looking creature with long teeth and claws may be frightening. There are two scenes of violence, one where a man gets stabbed twice and the second one where someone is impaled on a tree branch.
Editor’s note: I think this film is the only one I can remember that carried a PG-13 rating and contained no crude, obscene or profane language.