Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright and lots of comic books.
In case you are confused, this movie is probably not what you think. Believe it or not, the movie is about Bruce Willis' character's discovery that he is a superhero. You heard me. While this may seem silly, the good news is that this film takes its premise seriously and it does so appropriately. Though I am not an expert in the field of comic books, I believe this film to be a grand example of what is good about a comic book. It's more subtle and sophisticated than you might expect.
Shyamalan has a strange modus operandi. He sets his story within a special world; a world with a lot of potential (in this case, a world where someone is "unbreakable"). But this potential is merely touched upon or used as a catalyst of events. Looking back, this was a slow moving film (and so was the Sixth Sense); there isn't much in the way of action or special effects or cgi. Its more about characterization than anything else, and that is this movie's strength. Shyamalan's direction is also strange, with lots of visual cues and implications (things upside down, obscured shots, color cues, etc...) All the parts are played well by their respective actor's, though no performance really stood out in my mind.
The ending of the film is a bit abrupt. There is a revelation of sorts, though it is not as spectacular as the ending of the Sixth Sense, and yet the ending of both films is the most important part. It puts the rest of the film into perspective, and it redeems the ignored potential of the story. In the case of Unbreakable, the ending probably won't be much of a suprise to those familiar with comic books, but it doesn't really matter because it still works effectively.
Did you know:
The college football player playing with the kids in the park was mentioned by his agent earlier in the film.
M. Night's cameo as a would-be drug dealer.
Why are there so many upside-down shots in this film?
What do you think about the Original Ending in relation to the theatrical ending?
Is this movie better than the Sixth Sense? Why or why not?
Are you unbreakable: (Official Site) This page is cool, it shows a bunch of historical evidence for people who were "unbreakable".
Coming Attractions Page: Production history of Unbreakable.
The Sixth Sense: My review of Shyamalan's last effort...
Unbreakable: Original Motion Picture Score (CD)
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