Movie #36 Unbreakable
(2000, US, d. M. Night Shyamalan)
Netflix was down for a period of time this afternoon so I was forced to watch a DVD. I had been listening to some Shyamalan interviews recently about the Unbreakable filmmaking process in general, and seeing as the 10 year anniversary of the release is approaching, I thought it a good time to revisit the film. Let me start off by saying that this picture is both on my Top 10 All-Time and is subsequently, Shyamalan’s best work to date. When initially released the film met with mixed reviews because it was marketed as a follow-up of The Sixth Sense rather than what it actually is – a drama – and people came in hoping for a scare. Over time, the film has been re-reviewed and most critics have changed their opinion. This is the best superhero film ever told. It is incredibly subtle, poignant, and moving. Mr. Glass (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is one of the most unique characters to ever grace the silver screen and his counterpart, David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis) is an unsettlingly realistic portrayal of a man who seems to be invincible. As Quentin Tarantino – who placed this film on his own version of Top 20 Films list, said, the film asks the question, “What if Superman existed, but didn’t know he was Superman?” Please watch this film.