With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style.
Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing.
Samuel L. Jackson plays a comic-book-art collector named Elijah, as in the prophet, and his stare could probably burn a hole through Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
Thrill-kill plots, cardboard characters and zap-pow editing are not for Shyamalan, who takes his good, thoughtful time to snare audiences in his dark web.
An engaging and intriguing yarn.
| Original Score: 3/4
Whatever your final verdict, you could do worse than enjoy one of the most fertile minds in Hollywood.
| Original Score: 4/5
Unbreakable seems to have encouraged all its actors to emulate Willis' lugubrious pacing, meaning that usually vibrant actors such as Wright Penn and Jackson are not shown to their best advantage.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Long before these came up on screen, however, Unbreakable had defined itself as a big disappointment.
During a conversation between an astonished doctor and a miraculously unscathed Dunne ... it's a measure of Shyamalan's restraint and his uncanny knack for storytelling.
| Original Score: 74/100
Having hooked us, it leaves us looking for complexity where there is none.
| Original Score: C+
As slack and languid as The Sixth Sense was tense and deliberate.
When it comes to explanations, Unbreakable flirts with mumbo jumbo.
Far-fetched and utterly humorless.
By the time the film is over you may feel as if the 12 year old inside of you has been utterly wowed and that the adult is still going, 'Hmmmm...'
| Original Score: B+
Unbreakable is as compellingly watchable, stylish and intriguing as its predecessor, its ending has almost the opposite effect on the overall picture.
Shyamalan made the unfortunate but predictable choice of trying to bottle The Sixth Sense's lightning and reuse it.
All I will say about it is that its overwhelming horror hit me more powerfully than a locomotive, and that, after I knew what it was, I couldn't believe I had overlooked it. Days later, I still find myself obsessed with that twist.
Shyamalan is a brilliant filmmaker with a distinctive style, but he still needs substance.
The surprise ending here is as bad as Sixth Sense's was good.
Unbreakable may not be beautiful, but it sure has character.
There's no question Unbreakable, for all its flaws, is a movie that stays with you.
Unbreakable, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's dazzling reunion with Bruce Willis confirms he's one of the most brilliant filmmakers working today.
What Unbreakable shows is Mr. Shyamalan's remarkable growth as a director.
Even when the plot comes perilously close to the ludicrous, it holds our attention, keeps us guessing and wondering.
Ponderous, pretentious and self-indulgent, it nonetheless puts Mr. Shyamalan's technical prowess on display. Still, you'll wonder if the pay-off was worth the journey.
Unbreakable shows Shyamalan as a rapidly maturing filmmaker, taking risks and making them pay off.
Unbreakable is at once flagrantly absurd and stubbornly mournful.
Unbreakable is a film that begins with a train wreck and then, figuratively speaking, becomes one.
As absorbing as much of it is, Unbreakable winds up as a mild disappointment.
Even if the ending doesn't entirely succeed, it doesn't cheat, and it comes at the end of an uncommonly absorbing movie.
A muddled, self-serious snoozer.
| Original Score: 2/4
The presence of pop culture refs via comics makes quite notable the absence of any humor or sense of fun, just as it makes its pretentions to deep meaning and self-importance all the more specious.
Unbreakable is a compelling yarn.
An intriguing story executed with visual panache and fine acting performances.