Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Original Release: 2000
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
David Dunn (Bruce Willis) believes himself to be an ordinary Philadelphia security guard with a troubled marriage. He has failed to realize a strange pattern in his life: he has never been ill and he has never been injured. But Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson), a comic book art collector and exhibitor, has been keeping an eye out for a man like David. Elijah has a brittle bones condition and is therefore obsessed with the idea of an invincible man. When David is the only survivor of a train accident, Elijah sets out to convince him of his superhuman powers.
I enjoyed the atmosphere of this movie: dark and, for the most part, surprisingly quiet. As with Sixth Sense, there is a creepy, tingling around the edges but no ghosts. The writing wasn't quite as good as in the earlier film but it does keep the story moving. Just as with the earlier movie, I didn't see the twist at the end coming. The twist is fun but I think the story would also have been fine without it.
I do have one gripe. The movie ends with screen captions revealing the fallout from the big shocker ending. I feel that works for a movie about real-life events - All the President's Men, for instance - but it's a strange choice for fiction. If the end you filmed isn't really the end of the story, why did you film it that way? Just seems sloppy. In the final analysis, Unbreakable is a good movie but it's not as good as The Sixth Sense.
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