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Unbreakable

A movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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What if everything you read in the comics were true? What if superheroes were real?...

  • Jan 26, 2010
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Society for  almost a century now  has been enthralled and enchanted by the world of comics  you've read the harrowing tales of  Super-Man, you've traveled into the dark depths of Gotham City  with Bat-Man  and you've seen the darker side of heroism with Dare Devil, Ghost Rider, John Constantine, Iron Man  and even Spider-Man. But here's the real question what if those stories you've read were real? What if the tale of an invincible man or a man who could read minds was true?  What if superheroes actually existed?




M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable" explores the haunting question of what if the stories we've read about superheroes were real? What would that person do? And what would he be like? Would he be like everyone else and have a normal job and a family? Or would he be like the heroes we've read about and have nothing to keep him warm at night but his own self pity. Shyamalan  doesn't waste your time getting to the point  of the film  by  showing you instantly how our hero, played with great skill and care by Bruce Willis,  is basically unbreakable  as the title suggest, But what really intrigues you from the very beginning is the care taken to tell the story at a pace that  the audience can get  immersed  in and slowly but gradually believe that  Bruce Willis is impervious to harm and also piece together the  trappings and underlining layers of the plot. It's an extraordinarily complex film  that demands your undivided attention to it's near-perfect story  and it's bullet-proof plot, it's the kind of film that after you watch it  leaves a lasting impression on you and you can't believe what you've seen so you just have to see it again and again and again. "Unbreakable" is a must see thriller, with a story that will blow your mind from beginning to end.




Bruce Willis gives a great and heartfelt performance as David Dunn the unbreakable man. Willis is a major part to keeping this film interesting and intriguing as only an actor of his caliber could do so with such an original and mind bending story as this. But Willis is just one part of the coin the other is Samuel L. Jackson who tops Willis in every way but doesn't push himself to overshadow him. Instead Jackson  does  one better he plays the support part but makes it crucial enough that after the credits roll you remember him as much as Willis. The rest of the cast gives great performances and some of them do stand out in this film like Spencer Treat Clark who plays Willis' son, or Charlayne Woodward who plays Jackson’s mother in three parts of the film, but all in all they shine bright and bring everything they've got to the table in this dark and moody potboiler.   





"Unbreakable" is  a must see of the highest caliber  it's a film that cannot be ignored for any reason, even if  you don't like Willis or Jackson or Shyamalan for that matter this film is still worth the watch 10 times over. It's constructed to be engrossing, yet subtle, tough and smart, dark and brooding and most of all mysterious. "Unbreakable" is top dog when it comes to capturing your attention and your imagination. 

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October 21, 2010
One of my favorite films, excellent review.
 
February 12, 2010
I love Unbreakable. I love the filming of it and how each scene is framed like the cell of a comic book (i.e. the walls or windows almost forming a border around the screen. Bruce Willis was remarkable in this movie.
 
January 27, 2010
Great review. I've liked all of Shyamalan's movies, but this is one of my favorites--probably because of the comic book aspect. :)
 
January 27, 2010
Great review, C.R.!  I've been curious about this film because I liked The Village, but everyone says that Unbreakable is much better! :)
 
January 26, 2010
This is also one of my faves from Shymalan (along with Sixth Sense) and yes, I know super-heroes are real; you're chatting with one of them LOL! nice one. I need to review this along with Constantine.
January 26, 2010
Constantine and now Unbreakable are two of my favorite films. Unbreakable was just too good to be true but it would have been really perfect if it's ending wasn't so weak. And I have reviewed Constantine if you want to check it out it's really old though. And thank you.
 
January 26, 2010
I actually think this one is Shyamalan's best film since THE SIXTH SENSE tends to rely heavily on its twist which I saw coming about 10 minutes into the film.
January 26, 2010
I haven't seen the Sixth Sense completely so I don't know yet but this was one of the best films I've seen to date. and one of Shyamalan 's very best.
January 26, 2010
Agreed. A new idea too.
April 20, 2010
I think "Signs" was his only good film. "The Last Airbender" looks awful.
April 20, 2010
He's got another one coming out? THE SIXTH SENSE was better than SIGNS--except for the part where I knew the ending in the first few minutes of course. SIGNS just never really worked for me at all for some reason. Still SIGNS was better than THE VILLAGE. I think UNBREAKABLE was the best of all his films.
April 22, 2010
even THE VILLAGE? God Almighty that thing stunk to high heaven.
April 22, 2010
I haven't seen it yet but the reaction to it by the community and critics seems to be generally negative. But seeing as I'm a Shyamalan fan I think I'll give it a go it sounds interesting. May I ask what was so bad about it? Just don't spoil the movie.
April 22, 2010
Lopez: It was just very badly executed--and since he relies so much on his big twist ending, what was going on was painfully obvious from the beginning. aero: Really? I thought LADY was maerginally better.
 
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review by . April 25, 2010
With all the hype to this movie, I thought it was going to be a top-notch thriller. Instead I found a slow-paced movie that I kept waiting for something occur. Bruce Willis gives one of his sleepiest performances as a security guard, who has unbreakable bones and seems to be able to sense bad people.      Samuel L. Jackson is the opposite in that he was born with incredibly weak bones and goes through life constantly in and out of hospitals with fractures. His one solace in life …
Quick Tip by . October 19, 2010
Cool premise, very nicely worked out. I love the way he placed subtle hints in the story that led to the conclusion.
Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
M Night Shyamalan's second movie has a great twist ending that when you look back upon what goes on, you'd be surprised that you didn't see it coming. Not bad but you can only see it once.
review by . April 24, 2009
With all the hype to this movie, I thought it was going to be a top-notch thriller. Instead I found a slow-paced movie that I kept waiting for something occur. Bruce Willis gives one of his sleepiest performances as a security guard, who has unbreakable bones and seems to be able to sense bad people.    Samuel L. Jackson is the opposite in that he was born with incredibly weak bones and goes through life constantly in and out of hospitals with fractures. His one solace in life …
review by . March 26, 2002
Pros: Samuel Jackson, the idea of the movie     Cons: Bruce Willis     The Bottom Line: for Willis fans only     This was a strange one, unless you absolutely love comics and super heroes. Actually, the concept was sort of unique, but coming off The Sixth Sense, you pretty much knew how this one was going to end.      David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is our local hero this time. A security guard at a college football stadium, …
review by . December 03, 2000
Pros: Good script; Bruce Willis was great     Cons: I hate Robin Wright Penn; annoying cinematography; the toddler that sat in front of me     No, the title of this review doesn't have anything to do with Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan's answer to his box office smash The Sixth Sense. It has to do with the four-year-old girl that the parents sitting in front of me and my date decided to bring to the movies with them. I'll get into that later. I just wanted …
review by . December 03, 2000
Pros: Good script; Bruce Willis was great     Cons: I hate Robin Wright Penn; annoying cinematography; the toddler that sat in front of me     No, the title of this review doesn't have anything to do with Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan's answer to his box office smash The Sixth Sense. It has to do with the four-year-old girl that the parents sitting in front of me and my date decided to bring to the movies with them. I'll get into that later. I just wanted …
review by . December 01, 2000
Pros: Good Cast.     Cons: bad ending.     Last year, Hollywood was abuzz with excitement over the little hyped film “The Sixth Day” that had become a huge hit, and had turned its young writer director M. Night Shyamalan into one of the hottest properties overnight. The film went on to break the 200 million mark, and entered the phrase “ I see dead people” into the American lexicon.    The only question left regarding the film, was how would the …
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This suspense thriller unfolds as the audience is introduced to David Dunn. Not only is he the sole survivor of a horrific train-crash that killed 131 people he doesn't have a scratch on him. Elijah Price is an obscure character who approaches Dunn with a seemingly far fetched theory behind it all. Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

Security Guard David Dunn miraculously survives a catastrophic train crash outside Philadelphia. Not only is he the sole survivor out of 132 passengers, he also is completely unharmed. A little later, comic book specialist Elijah Price contacts him to confront David with an incredible theory: Elijah, who has been nicknamed "Mr. Glass" due to his more than fragile bones, thinks that David has got all which he himself lacks. The two of them "seem to be linked by a curve, but sitting on opposite ends". First, David does not believe the strange man, but every single thing he had said proves to be true: David has never ever been hurt or sick in his life, his physical strength is larger than normal and he has a skill which others don't. Slowly, David begins to discover the shocking truth behind Mr. Price's assumptions. But after all, David's fate is not only to find his real place in the world. It also is about proving Elijah's theory of his own existence. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: November 22, 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 47min
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