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Unbreakable (2000)


Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story An orignal screenplay
Director M. Night Shyamalan
Writers/Script M. Night Shyamalan
Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright,

Elevator Pitch: David Dunn, a football stadium security man, is the sole survivor of a catastrophic train crash outside Philadelphia and, it seems, as a result is contacted by Elijah, the owner of a gallery dedicated to superhero artwork. David has special qualities of which he was unaware and, encouraged by his son and monitored by Elijah, begins to explore his capabilities. While Elijah suffers from a condition which results in him constantly breaking his bones, David appears to be ‘unbreakable” as well as having super strength and the ability to identify people’s recent actions by touching them. But what can he do with these new capabilities?

Content: David and his wife argue a bit; they are estranged, and in order to illustrate this we see him hitting on a woman on the train while hiding his wedding ring. He spends a lot of time with his son and they become aware that he is a super hero. He interacts with Elijah who encourages him to test himself. Finally he goes to a house to rescue the people inside from a man who has invaded their environment. They fight.

A View: “Unbreakable” follows on the heels of  “The Sixth Sense” also starring Bruce Willis, but an entirely different sort of film. This did not prevent the distributors from marketing it a psychological thriller, and hence it possibly collected a slightly different sort of audience from that which the director might have intended. However it was quite well thought of, and is sufficiently intriguing to keep you watching to find out what David will do with his new found abilities and whether he gets together with his wife again. So now in 2019 probably worth a couple of hours to watch it for nothing.

Additional Info: David reappears together with the man with mulitple personalities from “Split”  in “Glass” a film by the same director released in 2019.

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