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2. ‘Signs’

M. Night Shyamalan almost smashes it right out of the park with Signs. The human drama unfolding was compelling (especially since Mel Gibson’s tumultuous relationship with God seemed incredibly apt), the encroaching alien menace was believably scary (and rolled out with Hitchcockian skill), and the message about God’s impact on our daily lives was being made nicely. Then, the aliens are allergic to water. Water. What the heck kind of stupid alien race is allergic to water and then tries to take over a planet that’s literally covered in the stuff? This one preposterous element essentially dismantles the entirety of the film, including Shyamalan’s almost-made message.

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