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I love the assertion that "the average viewer" won't care about the characters. So will it take a below-average viewer, an above-average viewer, or some kind of sci-fi anomaly to feel differently about the characters in this movie than James Bernadrinelli did? Also, in case Smith is feeling bad that not doing the exact thing film critics make fun of him for doing elicited nasty comments about how he's not doing that thing anymore and that sucks, Shyamalan is getting the exact same crazy-person feedback: years of maligning him for his "stupid twists" (even in movies like Signs and The Happening that do not really have twists) followed by complaints that maybe he should've used a stupid twist this time. Right, James. You would've been totally easy on this movie if it had just had a cheesy twist ending.