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Unbreakable

A movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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Unbreakable

  • Mar 26, 2002
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Rating:
+3
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, trouble at home, low paying job, divorce in the offing. While on a train trip (did they mention why?) he is the sole survivor when it derails, in fact, nary a scratch on his bald noggin. This brings him to the attention of Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) who was born with a rare bone disorder that cause his bones to break like glass. In fact, that was his moniker in school, ‘Mr. Glass’.

Price, due to his extended hospital stays and prolonged isolation from humanity, has become enamoured with the world of comic book heroes. In addition, he has the bizarre theory that if God has created someone like him – so breakable – then perhaps He created someone his exact opposite – unbreakable. Thus, his fixation with Dunn.

He believes that Dunn was put on this Earth to right the wrongs and leap tall building in a single bound. Just because he can’t be injured. But Dunn fights this theory with one of his own. He was, indeed, injured at the age of 20 in a freak car accident which ended his promising football career ….. or was he?

That is the juxtaposition of the entire film. Can Dunn be injured, has he ever been injured or even sick? Is he the Super Hero come to Earth, and if so, who is he supposed to save? Or is Price just another sick wacko sitting alone in his house trying to justify his miserable life? Frankly, you have to invest too much into this story to make it happen. But, I did like the idea of it.

As far as acting abilities go, Jackson put little into the movie. Personally I think he is a much better actor than he ever gets credit or roles for and that is a damn shame. Willis was typically Willis, he just doesn’t impress me. Robin Wrights peek-a-boo cameo appearances don’t garner a reaction and the child, Spencer Treat Clark, was just background information in the movie.

Nominations:
2001 – Saturn Award, Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films; 2001 – Blockbuster Entertainment Award, Favorite Actor (Jackson, Willis), Favorite Supporting Actor (Clark), Favorite Supporting Actress (Wright) – Blockbuster Entertainment Awards; 2001 – Bram Stroker Award, Screenplay (M. Night Shyamalan) – Bram Stroker Awards; 2001 – IHG Award, Best Movie – International Horror Guild; 2000 – Sierra Award, Best Score (Howard) Las Vegas Film Citics Society Awards; 2001 – Nebula Award, Best Script (M. Night Shyamalan) Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Winner? ZIP

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Stars: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark and just because he didn’t think he was involved enough, M. Night Shyanalan as the stadium drug dealer. Recommended for Willis fans only.

Thanks,
Susi

The Oracle says: Spencer Treat Clark has a Bacon number of 2.

Spencer Treat Clark was in Double Jeopardy (1999) with Ben Bode
Ben Bode was in Apollo 13 (1995) with Kevin Bacon ***


*** Compliments of: Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering, University of Virginia






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review by . January 26, 2010
What if everything you read in the comics were true? What if superheroes were real?...
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 …
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 . 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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