And while some elements like some timed coincidences in the plot, the twist while incredibly emotional and well done still felt really predictable despite being well executed, a scene involving David and a gun that felt really too out of character and kind of took me away from the film for a moment and Bruce Willis performance while still solid on his own felt a bit flat and a little monotone and kind of disappointed me given how fantastic he was in Sixth Sense, these are just scare negatives in what's overall a fantastic and very creative idea on the 'Superhero' idea. And this comes thanks to a great cast who do their job very well, incredibly well implemented and creative camerawork from M. Night Shyamalan that remind me why I used to love him back in the day and what made him unique, well constructed and surprisingly poignant writing that balances out tone and storytelling with delivering exposition or things about our characters through normal conversations and not through an entire scene with expository dialogue which for M. Night is incredibly refreshing to see and is something I personally admire in films, a very well layered and intriguing story that in a lot of ways reminds me of George Romero's Martin where they try to put a spin on the typical tropes of a genre with a modern day twist, James Howard Newton delivering his best on the soundtrack, and has a standout performance and character from Samuel L. Jackson that I'm so glad they took the time to develop and make him relatable.
So overall, Unbreakable is indeed the best of what M. Night could deliver and i'm really glad I got the chance to watch fully. And considering the release of Split, which I was already spoiled it's tie into this film, I'm curious to see how the director decides to follow all this up with 'Glass' but more importantly also makes me curious if Split can come back to this type of Shyamalan that many critics and audiences loved all the way back.
Score: 8.5 / 10
1.) It's too boring
2.) The twist isn't surprising enough
I do understand where people who raise the first complaint are coming from, as the film does move quite slowly and even drags on at times during the second act. however, the second criticism is one that baffles me to this day. It is arguably this mindset that helped M. Night's career plummet into the underworld (only to be sort of revived by Split, almost), as he was pressured into not only including a twist at the end of all of his films, but one that was crazier and more unexpected than The Sixth Sense, a nearly impossible feat. Unbreakable shouldn't be defined by its twist, but rather the intriguing concept and complex characters. It's far from a perfect film, but certainly a very good one which I would recommend.
The hero's rain poncho as cowl/cape was the most cool part of the flick.
With Willis and Jackson at the top of their game with a shocking and heartfelt story, Unbreakable makes for a suspenseful and well-written thriller that stands as director M. Night Shyamalan's best work to date.