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Unbreakable (Two-Disc Vista Series) (2000)

A movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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A "Flip Side" To Every Extreme?

  • Dec 7, 2005
What is so intriguing about Unbreakable is the examination of the archetypal elements of comic book superheroes and villains--and if they have true-life correlations in reality.

Samuel L. Jackson, an incredible actor, plays a comic book connoisseur with a congenital disease that leaves him with brittle bones that shatter like glass. He believes that somewhere there must exist his opposite--someone that is never sick and superhumanly strong.

When Jackson discovers that David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis) is the only survivor of a deadly train wreck, Jackson's character pursues Dunn--trying to convince him that he is indeed a "super hero". The ending is surprising and the movie is thought provoking.

I love mystical themes in movies, and this film examines how far archetypal roles stretch out into "reality", if there is indeed a "flip side" to every person and extreme, and an unusual examination of "evil" and "good".

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November 18, 2010
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November 30, 2010
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review by . October 22, 2008
M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable is very rare class of superhero film, trying to be incredibly logical, while also having plenty of absurd moments. This is okay, sense the director's other films have also followed a similar formula... But, typically with his films you find yourself taken away by the emotional drama and characters, and the films move along so quickly you never really get a chance to stop and question the logic behind the events, because if you had the chance to question it you'd …
review by . July 15, 2007
How does one classify this movie? Some might call it a drama, as the slow pacing, muted emotions, lack of comedy, and modern, urban setting all fit the descriptions of many modern dramas. Some might call it a fantasy; a reluctant superhero discovered by his arch-enemy who knows no bounds. The former has strength beyond his knowledge, while the latter uses cunning to overcome his physical limitations. Others might call it a suspense movie, as it has all the hallmarks of a classic suspense; good guys …
review by . November 24, 2004
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 for which 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 …
review by . July 02, 2001
Unbreakable silently sneaked its way onto the big screen, then vaporized as if never there. Why?! Bruce Willis plays someone that is on the edge of loosing everything: his family. Though the topic of unfaithfullness is addressed you can tell that there is something truly devistating between his life, and his wife's (Robin Wright Penn). The once avid spark of love has fragmented and broken, and for this reason, he takes a train ride to get a new job in New York. If the job turns out, he is leaving …
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WhenUnbreakablewas released, Bruce Willis confirmed that the film was the first in a proposed trilogy. Viewed in that context, this is a tantalizing and audaciously low-key thriller, with a plot that twists in several intriguing and unexpected directions. Standing alone, however, this somber, deliberately paced film requires patient leaps of faith--not altogether surprising, since this is writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's daring follow-up toThe Sixth Sense. While just as assured as that earlier, phenomenal hit,Unbreakableis the work of a filmmaker whose skill exceeds his maturity, its confident style serving a story that borders on juvenile. However, Shyamalan's basic premise--that comic books are the primary conduit of modern mythology--is handled with substantial relevance.

Willis plays a Philadelphia security guard whose marriage is on the verge of failing when he becomes the sole, unscathed survivor of a devastating train wreck. When prompted by a mysterious, brittle-boned connoisseur of comic books (Samuel L. Jackson), he realizes that he's been free of illness and injury his entire life, lending credence to Jackson's theory that superheroes--and villains--exist in reality, and that Willis himself possesses extraordinary powers. Shyamalan presents these revelations with matter-of-fact gravity, and he draws performances (including those of Robin Wright Penn and Spencer Treat Clark, as Willis's wife and son) that are uniformly superb. The film's...

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DVD Release Date: June 26, 2001
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video

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