Unbreakable (2000)

DVD Cover (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Superhero Film, Thriller
An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead - and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his bones as fragile as glass. --TMDb
M. Night Shyamalan M. Night Shyamalan
Bruce Willis Bruce Willis
Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson
Robin Wright Robin Wright
Spencer Treat Clark Spencer Treat Clark
Charlayne Woodard Charlayne Woodard
Movie Connections:
> Unbreakable (2000)
> Split (2016)
> Glass (2019)

6.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: March 29, 2004
David is on a train coming home from New York after a job interview. Along the way, he tries to mack on a fellow lady passenger, only to be shot down for his efforts. Soon afterwards, the train derails, and everyone on board is killed... except David, who escapes without a scratch. Flashback to 1974, and we meet Elijah as a child. He suffers from a disease where his body does not produce enough of a certain type of protein, and hence, his bones are very brittle and break easily. Back in the present, Elijah hears about David's miraculous event, and contacts him. He explains that he knew that if he was on one end of the spectrum, being easily injured and such, then he knew there had to be someone on the other end of that spectrum; someone who was unbreakable. One thing leads to another, and David decides to use his powers for the good of all mankind.

This movie is supposed to be the first part of a three-part series. If you look at it as such, it's much more interesting, since this one seems like it ends too early. Always something to look forward to, I suppose. However, if you judge it based on the content of this movie alone, it still suffers from the letdown of an ending. The ending itself is a shocker, as it was in Sixth Sense... but in this one, Bruce isn't dead throughout the movie, it's a bit better than that. It was quite interesting, and since this was my second viewing of this movie, I caught a lot of stuff which hints at the ending throughout the movie; that ending twist should have been obvious, but it wasn't. Nice stuff.

The acting is superb, especially from Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson). It seems as though that man can pull out great performances in any of his roles; definitely becoming a fan of his. David (Bruce Willis) did alright in his role, though it was nothing special. He basically acts the same as he does in most of his other movies, so judge him based on that. There was zilch for special effects used, which I found a bit shocking since this movie was based so heavily on comics; however, they aren't missed at all, as they would have seemed out of place had they been used anywhere.

Speaking of comics, this movie features a lot of comic'esque events and scenarios, which was interesting. It portrays David as a comic superhero of sorts, and Elijah is his mentor, showing him how to use his powers and convincing him to be more active with them. Some other reviews I've read have mentioned how all this is quite hokey and corny, but I thought it was enjoyable. I suppose you, the potential movie viewer, should be the judge on whether or not you'd enjoy that type of thing.

ScarsRstarS #1: ScarsRstarS - added 01/10/2006, 08:16 AM
I thought this was a realy good film not brillaint but better than some films i have sat and watched.
Griffinheart #2: Griffinheart - added 09/25/2007, 12:21 AM
I thought this one was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Granted, I got my movie reviews confused and thought this was one where people keep getting possessed by the Anti-Christ...when the movie ended, I thought it wasn't even half over yet, and I was disappointed.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 09/25/2007, 09:51 AM
Wow. I loved this film. Thought it was better than "The Sixth Sense". Shyamalan really takes time to develop his characters and I really appreciate that. This film was exciting because I wasn't sure where it was going, but when it got there, I was in awe. Bruce Willis is great when he plays understated and Samuel L. Jackson gets one of the best lines ever at the end -- "They called me Mr. Glass". Amazing film. 10/10.
Cryptorchild #4: Cryptorchild - added 06/18/2008, 06:40 PM
Wow, 10/10? Better than the Sixth Sense? I wouldn't go that far. I thought this movie was decent and I thought that Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis both played their parts great. Even the overall look of the film, with the dark blues and blacks was beautiful. But....I just got bored with the story. It just kind of dragged on. I dunno, I just didn't get sucked into the film. I'd give it a 6/10.
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