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Unbreakable
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Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright-Penn
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Touchstone Pictures
Web Site: www.areyouunbreakable.com
Kiddie Movie: Teens okay, younger than that, probably not.
Date Movie: Bring her along but she might find it kind of dorky.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Some fighting.
Action: Mostly suspense.
Laughs: A chuckle here and there.
Memorable Scene: The scene with David's son, Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) holding the gun.
Memorable Quote: 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 add?"
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Produced By: Barry Mendel, Sam Mercer, M. Night Shyamalan

Unbreakable
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:47 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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!!!

 

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