Don’t you hate it when someone comes out of the shower and walks around the house before they dried off? I mean, it’s so rude to leave wet footprints all over the place, plus they drip everywhere. Try sitting on the couch after them. Yuck!

This, despite appearances, is not what M Night Shyamalan’s next film, Lady in the Water, is about. Unless that’s the big twist ending. And I have been promised that there is no twist ending this time (although M Night lied about the twist ending of The Village, so we’ll have to wait for Moriarty to spoil it for us again. Which is a great service to us all). Here, according to the official synopsis, is what the movie is about:

From writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Village, Signs, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense) comes Lady in the Water, a story originally conceived by Shyamalan for his children.

Fate won’t let you hide forever.

Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) has been quietly trying to disappear among the burned-out lightbulbs and broken appliances of the Cove apartment complex.  But on the night that irrevocably changes his life, Cleveland finds someone else hiding in the mundane routine of the modest building – a mysterious young woman named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard), who has been living in the passageways beneath the building’s swimming pool.  Cleveland discovers that Story is actually a “narf” – a nymph-like character from an epic bedtime story who is being stalked by vicious creatures determined to prevent her from making the treacherous journey from our world back to hers.  Story’s unique powers of perception reveal the fates of Cleveland’s fellow tenants, whose destinies are tied directly to her own, and they must work together to decipher a series of codes that will unlock the pathway to her freedom.  But the window of opportunity for Story to return home is closing rapidly, and the tenants are putting their own lives at great risk to help her.  Cleveland will have to face the demons that have followed him to the Cove – and the other tenants must seize the special powers that Story has brought out in them – if they hope to succeed in their daring and dangerous quest to save her world…and ours.