Unbreakable (2000)

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9.0 Overall Score
Story: 9/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 8/10

Good story, strong acting

Lots of build up with not enough pay off

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Unbreakable

Studio:  Blinding Edge Pictures

Genre(s):  Comic Book/Action/Adventure/Drama

Release Date(s):  November 22, 2000

MPAA Rating:  PG-13

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Oh no! Rain…It is like my Kryptonite!

A train wrecks in a horrible accident. All the passengers are killed except David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who walks away uninjured. Dunn questions why he survived…a man who’s marriage is falling apart and is just a security guard at a school. When a stranger named Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) comes to and tells him that he believes he’s a superhero, Dunn rejects the idea. With Dunn’s son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) believing him, David Dunn begins to determine if what says could be true…and if he is a superhero, what he can do with his powers.

Unbreakable was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and was his follow-up to his big 1999 hit the Oscar nominated The Sixth Sense. The movie was met with favorable reviews but many felt it wasn’t up to the level of The Sixth Sense.

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I’m sorry, you can wave that comic book all you want I can’t stop staring at your hair

I actually like Unbreakable more than The Sixth Sense and believe it is Shyamalan’s best film. Both Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense have the same problem. The plots of the movie primarily deal with building up origin story to a one-time event. In The Sixth Sense, the child character solves the problem of the mother who killed her child by listening to the ghosts, here is realizing his powers and stops a serial killer. It is a lot of build-up but it feels like there isn’t enough payoff.

Unbreakable’s plot is what sells it for me. It is a very Watchmenlike story that has characters that feel real with super-powers. The twist ending doesn’t feel like it is as much for shock as it is for actual plot of the story, and it wasn’t as obvious as the plot twist in The Sixth Sense. The only problem with Unbreakable is that there is only Unbreakable instead of a series of movies where Dunn’s powers continue to develop…though rumors of an Unbreakable 2 have floated around for years (especially after Shyamalan’s less than stellar movies since Signs).

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We’re two fly guys going for a walk

Bruce Willis and the cast of Unbreakable are strong. Samuel L. Jackson is less “yelly” than his other roles and is a bit more subdue (his hair is crazy enough to make up for it). Willis is just like he is in The Sixth Sense and other movies…broody and not much range, but it works here. also does a good job as his son (and also did a nice job in Gladiator).  M. Night Shyamalan:  Alfred Hitchcock rarely made more than a brief appearance on camera in his films…stop trying to act in your pictures.

I like Unbreakable, and I feel it is a bit under-appreciated. The movie is a nice superhero movie, and in a cinemascape that is now littered with superhero movies, it is a bit different than other films. It looks great and showed great promise for Shyamalan…too bad he’s fallen so far.

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