When David Dunn (Bruce Willis) awakens after a deadly train crash as the only survivor (with no injuries to boot), he is shocked and scared as to why he didn’t die. When a mysterious man named Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) aka. Mr Glass due to a rare bone condition he has that leads to many breaks, he leads David to believe that he could be indestructible, just like the heroes in the comic books Elijah reads. Elijah figures that if he can be injured by the slightest gust of wind, their must be others in the world that are the opposite, but David doesn’t want to believe, or even listen for that matter, but as David starts to piece together everything Elijah is telling him, he starts to believe that he very well could be unbreakable.
Coming off easily the best film in his career with the Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan (The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening) gave us Unbreakable as his 2nd film. In my opinion, M. Night Shyamalan has only 3 “good” films and a handful of mediocre crap. Obviously his first 3 films are in the “good” category; The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable (in that order). What makes me say that Unbreakable is the worst of the 3 “good” movies is when I saw it the first time I really didn’t understand what I was seeing. I mean I get the whole indestructible nature of Bruce Willis’s character, but why is he so against embracing that? I see the comparisons that M. Night is trying to make between the 2 main characters and common comic book characters, but if that is the case, why make such an non colorful movie? Towards the end, the movie turns from a drama into more of a suspense thriller as Bruce Willis tries to become the “hero” Mr. Glass has convinced him that he could be. I think at the end of the day, when it comes to Unbreakable, something just doesn’t sit right with me and that’s ok, that doesn’t mean I don’t like it, it just tells me that it could have been better… trust me, I saw After Earth… Co-starring Robin Wright Penn, and Spencer Treat Clark.
7/10 Stars – Good concept, director and actors, the execution could have been a little smoother and easier to follow.
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