Unbreakable (2000)
Main cast: Bruce Willis (David Dunn), Samuel L Jackson (Elijah Price), Robin Wright Penn (Audrey Dunn), and Spencer Treat Clark (Joseph Dunn)
Director: M Night Shayamalan


The intriguing premise of Unbreakable has David, a man who couldn't get hurt or sick, teaming up with Elijah, a man who is fragile and always getting hurt, to search for his destiny. That's it, really, and I can't give anything more away or the story will be totally ruined for anyone reading this.

This movie has several powerful moments, and in a way it is less derivative than The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan's previous successful runaway hit. I find myself wondering what the twist will be - Christian overtones, perhaps? Unfortunately, the "twist" is one really lousy, hackneyed premise, making me wonder if the previous hour and half has been for nothing.

While Unbreakable makes a compelling watch, there is always a distance between me and the characters onscreen. After all, Bruce Willis is rehashing his hang-dog sad-woe-me look that is wearing thin, while Samuel L Jackson plays his role like a much taller Yoda. In a way, these characters are familiar stereotypes, as are the roles of David's wife and kid. Without any emotional anchors such as the moving (if manipulative) acting skills of Toni Collette and Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable is a well-polished, sometimes powerful, but more often than not slow and ineffective movie.

Rating: 73


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