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Brilliant.

I've heard the complaints that there's no surprise ending. Shaddap. As a friend of mine likes to say, expectations are merely premeditated resentments. A director like M Night Shyamalan needs to be appreciated for the stories he chooses to tell, and each of these in and of itself, not as part of a body of work with some gimmick repeated ad nauseam. Yes, some of his films have had the cool twist at the end. But The Village sent a subtle signal that the director was changing his direction and looking for new storytelling techniques, so the whiners with regard to Lady in the Water's lack of surprise ending are just too wrapped up in themselves to pay attention.

What I'm trying to say here is, if you're the type of person who can't take the risk on even as highly regarded an artist as Mr. Shyamalan without having someone else's opinion in hand, save us all the trouble and just don't see it. But if you can put your self to the side, experience the story as it's being told, and simply revel in its telling, you're in for a real treat.