In honor of Glass, which recently released, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the film that kicked off the new series, Unbreakable. Unbreakable is the second film of director M. Night Shyamalan, right after his explosive debut The Sixth Sense. It follows school security guard David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, who is the only survivor of a tragic train crash. Once his story reaches the news, everybody, including David himself, is baffled by his incredible luck, revealing his history of exceptionally good health, finding that he’s incredible strong and has never been sick. Comic book aficionado Elijah Price, played by Samuel L. Jackson, becomes obsessed with David’s story, and tries to convince him that he is a real life superhero.
Unbreakable is one of the most unconventional and original superhero films you’ll ever see, and one of the better ones. Now seeing this movie with the knowledge that it’s part of a series, Unbreakable actually feels a little unsatisfying. It feels like a feature-length version of the segment at the beginning of a film like Wonder Woman. It’s a fantastic origin story, and I’m excited to see more of Bruce Willis’s superhero in Glass, but I wish there was more of him in this movie. Samuel L. Jackson also gives an incredible performance, certainly one of the most memorable of his career, and he plays his character very well. Not to reveal the twist at the end, but Jackson handles it extremely well, and I did not expect it at all.
Overall, this movie is very solid. It’s never boring, I’m invested and interested in the characters, and I’m excited to see where the film goes next, but it never goes above and beyond. I wasn’t blown away after I was done watching it. Unbreakable is a fine, enjoyable movie you should watch, especially if you plan on seeing Glass.