Thursday, January 19, 2017

Movie Review: Unbreakable

M. Night Shyamalan continued to deliver the thrills in this new spin on the superhero tale. When David Dunn (Bruce Willis) wakes up after an awful train accident as the sole survivor without a scratch on him. Sparked by a note on his car, he investigates his past recalling that he had never taken a sick day and only a few significant injuries. The note leads him to a comic book art gallery and its mysterious owner Elijah "Mr. Glass" Price (Samuel L. Jackson). 

Price pushes Dunn to test his abilities which include a sense of wrongdoing by strangers he bumps into. With the help of his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark), David discovers his super strength by lifting a barbell with all of the weights they own and two full cans of paint strapped to each side. David also hopes to rekindle his relationship with his estranged wife Audrey (Robin Wright). 

The powers increases as Elijah investigates David's abilities. More of Mr. Glass's history is revealed from the disturbing first scene where he was born with multiple bones broken to his growing obsession with comic books. The search for his purpose in life despite a debilitating disease leads him to David, at least that is what he decides. He figures out David's weakness and encourages the budding hero out into the world to help protect others.

Unbreakable is a slow burn type of film with solid acting from both veteran leads and a beautiful cinematography. I can see how many would think this film was boring but the first time the film played out in front of me was so fascinating and I had no idea it would turn into a superhero film. The twist is not quite as shocking as the previous film from this master of suspense but still quite a payoff the end the film in a stunning way. 

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