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With a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as a good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.



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Unbreakable is a riveting story shared by two men. David Dunn, a man from a blue-collar neighborhood in Philadelphia emerges unharmed as the sole survivor of a devastating train accident. Enter Elijah Price, a mysterious stranger who offers a bizarre explanation as to why David escaped without a single scratch, an explanation that threatens to change David's family and life forever.


Bruce Willis
as David Dunn
Samuel L. Jackson
as Elijah Price
Robin Wright
as Audrey Dunn
Charlayne Woodard
as Elijah's Mother
Eamonn Walker
as Dr. Mathison
Bostin Christopher
as Comic Book Clerk
Johnny Hiram Jamison
as Elijah Price (age 13)
Elizabeth Lawrence
as School Nurse
David Duffield
as David Dunn (age 20)
Laura Regan
as Audrey (age 20)
Chance Kelly
as Orange Suit Man
Michael Kelly
as E.R. Doctor
M. Night Shyamalan
as Stadium Drug Dealer
Firdous Bamji
as Businessman
Johanna Day
as Saleswoman
Sally Parrish
as Ancient Personnel Secretary
Damian Young
as Green Army-Jacketed Man
Sherman Roberts
as Physician
Whitney Sugarman
as Physical Therapist
Dianne Cotten Murphy
as Mother Walking By
Sasha Neulinger
as Thermometer Boy
Jose L. Rodriguez
as Truck Driver
Samantha Savino
as Peering Girl on Train
Ukee Washington
as Radio Announcer
Susan Wilder
as Shoplifter
Greg Horos
as Slicked-Hair Man
Todd Berry
as Frat Party Boy
Angela Eckert
as Frat Party Girl
Anthony Lawton
as Hostage Father
Julia Yorks
as Hostage Girl
John Morley Rusk
as Security Dispatcher
Joey Hazinsky
as Five-year-old Boy
Bill Rowe
as Bar Patron
Marc H. Glick
as EastRail Engineer
Kim Thomas
as Hostage Woman
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Critic Reviews for Unbreakable

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (51)

  • "Unbreakable" is likely to stand the test of time as long as stories about superheroes - or heroes in general - are still sought by scared, suffering human beings.

    Jan 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • This compelling conundrum of a film marks the maturity of Sixth Sense director M Night Shyamalan as a distinctive, even remarkable filmmaker.

    Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • With Unbreakable , Mr. Shyamalan establishes himself as a distinctive auteur with a very personal style.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 22, 2002
  • 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.

    Jun 4, 2001

Audience Reviews for Unbreakable

  • Aug 09, 2017
    I've never been particularly fond of super hero movies, especially with the endless barrage of Marvel flicks we've been getting over the past decade. Unbreakable takes the concept of hero vs. villain back to the drawing board, giving us an incredibly grounded, human story with little to no special effects. David (played by Bruce Willis) is involved in a massive train derailing and is the sole survivor of over 100 passengers. He's contacted by Elijah (played by Sam L. Jackson), who insists he has powers that he wants to investigate. The story moves at a brisk pace, and it's really interesting to see a different take on the average super hero film. That take is presented to us by the notorious (or even infamous at times) M. Night Shyamalan. Unbreakable was released in 2000, and it was the first movie in his filmography to come after The Sixth Sense. These were his glory days, which are known to have worn off back when he released The Last Airbender in 2010 and After Earth in 2013, respectively. He and Bruce Willis seem to work very well together, because he's fantastic here and in The Sixth Sense as well. Sam L. Jackson brings disability and obsession to the forefront in an engaging way that never gets dull. The ending is perhaps a little predictable, but it's executed in a satisfying way, and the script is thoroughly good. Digging up this 17 year old gem was a big breath of fresh air, taking my mind away from the overly flashy 150+ million dollar CGI festival that is known as modern Hollywood. I was so excited to learn that M. Night's newest film Split had ties to Unbreakable, not to mention that a sequel is in the works! M. Night may have been down, but he's not out for the count.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2017
    Not The Shamhammer's best, but certainly of the era when he was still making "good".
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Another great effort by M. Night Shyamalan. Unbreakable is actually a superhero film, but not in the traditional sense of being a big blockbuster explosion extravaganza. This film has a very well written plot, characters and a twist that'll shock you to a core. Check this gem out.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2014
    Unbreakable is undeniably an ambitious film, right up Shyamalan's alley. The originality it presents, introducing an origin story for a modern-day superhero, makes for an entertaining view. Willis delivers a performance arguably just as good as Pulp Fiction or Die Hard. Jackson is perfectly creepy. Wright adds emotional depth. The only drawback of this film is the sloppy editing - transitioning from scene to scene is poorly executed and lessens the overall experience. However, it is still a fantastic movie worthy of the cult status it has achieved.
    Ben B Super Reviewer

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