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Signs and Devil

Signs Devil M. Night ShyamalanM. Night Shyamalan is a Hindu but his education at private Christian schools has shown him the crux of Christianity and in both of his movies Signs and Devil, he hits central themes of Christian better than many Christians film directors could ever. In Signs, it is rebirth of belief and in Devil, it is forgiveness. In Signs, the main character is Pastor Graham Hess, who has lost faith after the death of his wife in a car accident caused by Ray Reddy (played by M. Night Shyamalan).  Merrill, Graham’s brother and former minor league player, takes care of his two children, Morgan, his son and Bo, his daughter and Merrill has his own cross to bear, a professional baseball career that never fulfill his own dream.

Strange things begin to happen, a crop circle thought to be a practical joke but the children suspects aliens are behind the crop circle.  One night when Bo tells her dad that an alien outside and after putting her daughter back to bed, he sees silhouette outside and just assume it is one of the locals pulling another prank. After chasing the figure, neither Graham nor Merrill can get a good look at the prankster but the prankster shows skills of escape that’s beyond most humans.

From this point, more signs show up including an alien showing up at a birthday party captured on TV, more crop circles world wide and when Ray Reddy shows up at his house, Ray informs him that he has trapped an alien in his house.  (It is here that Ray apologizes to Graham for causing the accident but he also gives another sign, the aliens avoided areas with water.) Graham goes to Reddy’s home and while viewing the alien, he cuts two of the alien’s fingers.

Graham and his family decide to stay out at their house instead of following Ray to areas with waters and the movie concludes with climatic finish as the Aliens attempt to storm the house and get to the basement where they reside.  As morning approach, the alien that Graham had an earlier altercation holds Morgan hostages. It was during this final confrontation that Graham remembers his wife last words dealing with his children and her advice for Merrill, “Keep swinging” and from there, he tells Merrill to take his bat and start swinging, hitting glasses of water which spills on the Alien, and killing him.

Graham realizes that everything happens for a reason and every little events during the invasion and even his wife last words have meaning that leads to saving the lives of his family; concluding with his son surviving the alien toxic gas and his asthma attack. During the last scene, Graham is seen putting his clerical cloth on as he regained his faith and overcome his bitterness over the lost of his wife. He has come back to God and seeks redemption in his old life.

 

Devil is about the power of forgiveness but it begins with belief in the devil as the narrator, Ramirez, tells us the story how the Devil comes back to punish those who have sinned and take their soul, a story that his mom told him.  A suicide begins the story as a former alcoholic cop investigate the case only to be drawn into another case in which five strangers, all who have sins that defines them, are trapped in a elevator.  A young woman who wants to leave her husband, a security cop who is a natural bully, a con artist,  a older woman who is thief and a young man who has his own secret.

Ramirez is one of the security officers involved working with the Detective but he is also the voice who reminds the detective that the devil exists.  The detective, like most of us, doesn’t believe and as it has been written, the devil greatest trick is to get us believe he doesn’t exist. As for the five strangers, the light start to flicker in the elevator and occasionally goes out;  and they start to die one as a time until the woman and the young man is left.  As Ramirez tells the detective, all will die and any attempt to rescue them would end in failure; with the last one to die in front of loved ones to increase cynicism among those left behind.

The young man named Tony is left holding the woman whose throat has been slashed and the old woman, who is  the thief and had supposedly been killed arises as the devil. The devil wants Tony soul but Tony foils the Devils plans as he first offers to die in the place of the woman and then confesses to his own crime of being responsible for hit and run five years ago. It is then the Detective finds out why he was destined to be there, for Tony was the man responsible for the death of his family five years earlier.  The Devil leaves Tony to the hands of Detective who in the last scene; tells Tony that he waited for moment and gone over what he would say but in the end, merely forgives Tony. Ramirez concludes the story with the following words, “If the Devil is real, then God must be real too.”  Tony confession saves him from the Devil’s grasp and the detective forgiveness of Tony diminish the power of Satan.

Devil concludes with the power of forgiveness, a important component of Christianity and with the acceptance of the evil and the power of Satan.  Shyamalan, the practicing Hindu, captures in these two movies important elements of Christianity, the power of Redemption and how one can become right with God as Graham does in Signs, or the power of love and forgiveness against evil in Devil.  And finally, both movies accept that evil exist, in Signs in the form of Aliens and in Devil in the existence of Satan himself.  And as Ramirez story concludes, if the Devil does exist, so does God.

Signs

 

Signs A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

Staring: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix and Rory Culkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

M. Night Shyamalan

M. Night Shyamalan

Mel Gibson Rory Culkin

Mel Gibson Rory Culkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devil

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director: John Erick Dowdle

Writers: Brian Nelson, M. Night Shyamalan

Staring: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas and Bokeem Woodbine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bokeem Woodbine

Bokeem Woodbine

Logan Marshall-Green

Logan Marshall-Green

Jenny O'Hara

Jenny O'Hara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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