The film's premise had possibilities, but the pacing is terrible, the story is rolled out in such a way that the plot twist- there's always a plot twist- is pretty obvious, and the movie doesn't so much come to an end as just stop suddenly. There's no real resolution/pay off. Worst of all, Shyamalan makes the bizarre choice to have the film's most compelling character- Lucius, played by Joaquin Phoenix- stabbed halfway through the film and spend the rest of the run time in a coma. We literally never hear from him again. Who the heck thought that was a good idea? On the other hand, there are some very good moments in The Village- all of them centering around Lucius, which makes it doubly unfortunate when he spends half of the film unconscious in bed.