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and recommend it.
Directed + written by: M.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
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Watch it when you’re in the mood
The critic says:
5 the rating system
Football stadium security
guard David Dunn is just an ordinary guy, maybe a little sadder than
most, with a rocky marriage and a strained relationship with his son. He’s
coming back home to Philadelphia after an interview for a job in New
York when his train suddenly derails. Everyone on board is killed, but
David, miraculously, walks away unscathed. No broken bones, not even a
scratch … the doctors are mystified by how he’s survived. One man,
however, thinks he might have an explanation. Elijah Price, owner of an
upscale art gallery that specializes in limited edition comic book
artwork, proposes a seemingly far-fetched theory: that David, like the
real-life version of the more exaggerated superheroes found in comic
book mythology, has an unusual gift that makes his body stronger than
most, impervious to the normal human pains and illnesses. Elijah, who
suffers from a rare disease that makes his bones fragile as glass, sees
a connection between himself and David: the two are simply opposite ends
of the same spectrum. David promptly dismisses Elijah as a wacko
… then begins to notice some extraordinary things about himself.
a big fan of comic books – in theory, that is. I love the concept of
superheroes vs. supervillains; I adore the mythology and the dramatic
visuals. But I still have a hard time actually reading a comic
book. They require a bit more suspension of disbelief than I’m willing
to give. Which is pretty much how I felt about Unbreakable when I
first saw it in the theatre. I liked the film’s slow-moving moodiness;
I loved Bruce Willis’ sad-eyed everyman slowly pondering the
possibility that he might be destined for more. But the trademark
Shyamalan surprise ending just seemed implausible, and out-of-place in a
movie that looks more like a realistic drama than the usual sort of
comic-book-inspired action thriller. The argument that ensued between my
boy and myself – was it clever or ridiculous? – made me realize that
this was one movie I disliked that nonetheless merited a second viewing.
So we rented the DVD. What really struck me on take two was what a
fantastic job Shyamalan and cinematographer Eduardo Serra do of painting
the world of Unbreakable as a comic book world, framing it in
multi-perspective, beautifully tight compositions straight out of the
kind of comic books Elijah Price collects with such a passion. The
colors, too, are comic book-inspired – big gorgeous blocks of rich
blue, red, yellow, green punctuating vast expanses of darkness. It’s a
very clever way to reinforce the film’s premise, that comic books are
based on real world stories. In the end, I’m still not entirely
convinced that I like Unbreakable’s final scene – its
melodrama ruins the beautiful sense of quiet atmosphere that pervades
the rest of the film -- but I have to concede this: Shyamalan sets us up
for the revelation, subtly but with a sure hand, the whole way through. —reviewed by
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