Just finished watching Signs, the new film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mel Gibson. I don't know whether I'll be doing a full Sneak Peek review or not as I have a very busy week coming up. Let me just briefly say the movie was okay, but nothing earth-shattering. This is Mel Gibson like you have never seen him before. He plays Father Graham Hess, a man of the cloth who has questioned his faith and left the church after his wife is killed in a a car accident. He's a timid man who doesn't swear and doesn't drink. Left with his young son and daughter, he lives out on a large farm in Pennsylvania. Also living with him is his brother (Joaquin Phoenix). The movie wastes no time getting to its point. Within the first ten minutes we hear screams from Hess's daughter, as he runs out into the cropfield to find that his stalks of corn have been carefully mowed down. What he doesn't realize at first is that someone has created large symbols in his cornfield. Hess soon learns that the same phenomenon is happening all over the world. Suddenly, the world finds out that this may not be a hoax after all. This is all I can really tell you about the film without ruining it. I have a very mixed opinion about this film. It's not the type of film I expected from Shyamalan. Like all of Shymalan's earlier films, the movie plays out rather slowly. I have to be careful here not to ruin the film, but here's really no surprise payoff in the end other than the fact that the film goes in a very interesting direction that is a little reminsicent of WAR OF THE WORLDS. I think in the end, however, audiences are going to feel a little slighted. Though Gibson and Phoenix give fine performances throughout, the film never rises to the kind of thriller it could have been, though I'll admit, I was glued to the screen for the film's final half hour. Rating: 4 (on a scale of 1-5).