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Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright-Penn
younger than that, probably not.
||Bring her along
but she might find it kind of dorky.
||A chuckle here and
||The scene with
David's son, Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) holding the gun.
||David is bench
pressing and Joseph asks: "How much is it?" David:
"270 pounds." Joseph: "Let's add
more!" Then a little later David asks Joseph:
"How much did you put on that time?" Joseph:
"All of it." David: "What else can we
||M. Night Shyamalan
||Barry Mendel, Sam
Mercer, M. Night Shyamalan
Alright, I have to admit, somehow, someway, the big
surprise ending totally took me by surprise. It probably shouldnít
have, Iím usually pretty good at sniffing these things out, but at
the minute when David Dunn, no, wait, I wonít tell you the minute
when, but all know is that at that instant I said to myself
"Holy shit!" I should have seen it coming, but I didnít.
Now Iím not saying that because "Unbreakable" is a great
movie, and just because you liked "The Sixth Sense" doesnít
mean you will like "Unbreakable" just as much, but I did
find the movie full of good twists, some spookiness, and once again
it does deal with a person with special powers.
A Movie Review
In "Unbreakable" we get Bruce Willisí acting
combining with M. Night Shyamalanís writing, directing, and now
producing. This time Bruce Willis plays David Dunn, a man whose life
is anything but fulfilling and he really doesnít know why. He is a
security guard for the local university, his marriage is falling
apart, and heís just interviewed for a job in New York and is
making his way back to Philly via Amtrak. Well, his train derails
and he is the only survivor, even more strange is the fact that he
doesnít have a scratch. At the same time we are being introduced
Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson). He was born with a rare bone disease
making his bones very brittle and susceptible to breaking. Elijah is
also fascinated with comic books, believing that they were, in fact,
written in days gone by to explain the strange powers people had
possessed. He believes that, since he is so fragile, that in the
universe there has to be someone at the opposite end of the
spectrum, someone who is, well, unbreakable. He hears of Davidís
adventure on the train and believes David is that man.
So, Elijah slips David a note asking him if he has ever been sick
and David realizes that no, he hasnít ever been sick, he tracks
down Elijah and Elijah gives him this lame-brained story about how
he has special powers. Yea, you can probably guess that the rest of
the movie is spent with David wondering if he really does have
special powers and Elijah trying to convince him. In the meantime
David is trying, at the suggestion of his wife (Robin Wright-Penn),
to rebuild his marriage, her believing that his surviving the train
crash might be a sign for him and her to give things a second
chance. And Iíll just leave the plot at that.
But is "Unbreakable" as good a movie as "The Sixth
Sense?" Thatís probably all you want to know. I would say no
for the simple fact that more people can probably buy the story line
of "The Sixth Sense" whereas "Unbreakableís"
story deals more with super-powers than the paranormal, giving you,
at times, that feeling of "Oh, come on!" But it is
interesting, does keep the suspense building, and M. Night is really
coming along as a director, although at times he does get a little
too artsyish with camera pans (like the scene of David trying to hit
on the lady on the train), and tries to show that he can be as
clever as some of the other well-known directors when instead he
should just stick to his plan instead of trying to get too clever.
Bruce Willis is very good as the confused husband, thinking there
has got to be more for his life than heís now got, and Samuel L.
Jackson gives one of those performances that shows he is still one
of the great actors out there. And the story is interesting, a neat
twist on the comic book stories we all know and love. So get past
the fact that this movie deals with the supernatural rather than the
paranormal and enjoy the ride. I liked "Unbreakable" but
didnít think it great. I think M. Night tried a little too hard to
show off his directorial skills and he can be artsy and instead
should just keep sticking to the interesting stories with cool
twists. I also would have ended it with David drowning in the
pool. Itís 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "Unbreakable."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!