I'm sorry to admit that even after years of viewing this movie, it still terrifies me and I consider it the greatest thing Shyamalan has ever done. While following the typical ghost story, "The Sixth Sense" is able to achieve true emotional impact as heart is put into the tale. The directing is brilliant and Haley Joel Osment will always be known for his role in one of the scariest movies I have ever seen.
Among the best ghost stories ever told, The Sixth Sense succeeds mightily as a horror movie, a relationship drama, and a spiritual thriller. In arguably his best role, Bruce Willis plays Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a dedicated psychologist still haunted by his inability to help a disturbed patient who later took his own life. Years later, he's in for the challenge of his career when he meets a deeply frightened and disturbed little boy named Cole (Haley Joel Osment, in an award-worthy vituoso performance) who seems at first to be plagued by the same kind of mental problems that hounded Crowe's former (later suicidal) patient. Part of his determination to help Cole is to try and redeem himself for what he perceives as his failure in the other case, but most of it is that he just puts his all into it for every case, and Willis is great at projecting the compassion and fear he feels for his new young patient who continues to spiral deeper, while Osment is just magnificent as a lovable little child who's scared out of his wits by forces beyond his understanding, and not knowing who to trust, or who's ever going to believe him. Both actors elicit tremendous empathy for their characters, and the supporting cast shines pretty brightly too.
The doctor bit by bit learns more about the nature of the boy's delusions, carefully prying little hints and pieces of information out of his scared charge without forcing it and driving him deeper into his shell. But Dr. Crowe may be in for far more than he ever bargained for, as he begins - almost against his will - to have to consider the fact that Cole's fears may not be delusions at all. The scene in which Cole finally confides the truth of what he 'sees' with his special sense to the doctor is an absolute classic. As Crowe tries to help him - and tries to figure out exactly where he stands on what he's beginning to suspect (which is everything his training has told him not to put stock into), Cole begins to sense a purpose behind his experiences and begins trying to understand what's behind the whole phenomenon, and what his 'role' in it is.
I can't highly recommend this enough.. don't take my word you must see this for yourself, on perfect everything looks on Blu Ray. every minute is worth your time. seeing as this is one of the greatest movies of all time.. the ending was so brilliant