(with apologies to Tonya)
TJ: But did the change in the adults' and childrens' relationships really need to be explored?
I thought so, yeah. I wanted to see how the adults and children adjusted , compromised and lied to each other to accomodate the radical break in status quo. I think that would have been even more disturbing and horrific than a few scare setpieces.
I'm reminded of a short story by J.G. Ballard, "Thirteen to Centaurus," where a small group of people are crammed into a small spaceship embarked on an interstellar journy for the nearest star system; turns out it's an elaborate hoax to study how humans would react to such a journey. What Ballard comes up with in that story is a hell of a lot more unsettling than anything Shyamalan does in his movie.