Unbreakable is a 2000 psychological thriller drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. Unbreakable tells the story of Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn, who slowly discovers that he is a superhero. The film is a study on the dimensions of Cory Stone; it explores the analogies between the real world and the mythology of superheroes. Shyamalan conceived the idea for Unbreakable to parallel a comic book's traditional three-part story structure. After he decided to settle on the origin story aspect of his outline, Shyamalan began to write the screenplay as a spec script with Bruce Willis already set to star in the film and Samuel L. Jackson in mind to portray Elijah Price. Filming for Unbreakable began in April 2000 and finished that following July. Unbreakable received generally positive reviews with critics noting its weaker ending compared with Shyamalan's previous film, The Sixth Sense. The film has grossed approximately $250 million in ticket sales, in addition to $95 million in DVD sales and later gained a strong cult following. Time listed the film as one of the top ten superhero movies of all
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If you‚Äôre a fan of the more palatable thriller and thoughtful suspense flick then Unbreakable is a match for you. This film is quiet in the Shyamalan way but also nail biting in it‚Äôs quietness. I miss M. Night Shyamalan‚Äôs awesome movies. He had 4 superbly understated, spooky flicks and then it was down the steep hill of horror from there. I‚Äôm still hopeful that he‚Äôll make a comeback... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewOctober 2nd, 2013 · Details
I thought this film was brilliant! Probably one of M. Night Shyamalan's best, yet most underrated films. Though a bit too violent to recommend to everyone, it's a great alternative take on comic book superheros.September 24th, 2013 · Details
Excellent movie that will cause you to think deeply about what motivates us to do what we do. The acting is superb, as is the script and pacing of the movie. This is definitely worth seeing and owning.September 15th, 2011 · Details
I loved this film! Probably one of M. Night Shyamalan's best, yet most underrated films. Though a bit too violent to recommend to everyone, it's a great alternative take on comic book superheros.March 3rd, 2011 · Details
Depending on your perspective, "The Sixth Sense" was either a flat-out terrific movie or just a so-so film that had a terrific ending. But its highly anticipated sequel, the dark fantasy "Unbreakable," is less likely to divide the masses or make as big a box-office splash as the surprise 1998 smash. Why? Because "Unbreakable" may be the polar opposite of "The Sixth Sense." It's an otherwise well-crafted, even thought-provoking film that's seriously marred by an awful ending. Wait, strike that. Make that a really awful ending a ridiculously straight-faced contrivance that asks audiences to swallow too much; one that could possibly even elicit some snickers or boos from viewers. Still, you have to give writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan credit for taking such a ludicrous idea and making it seem plausible for at least 90 or so minutes (after that, the film simply collapses in on itself). Not to give too much of the well-guarded plot away, but it's a superhero story of sorts. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) survives a disastrous train derailing and discovers that he's the only survivor, having walked away without a scratch. So he tries to find an explanation for what happened, with help from Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), an art dealer and comic-book aficionado born with a unique malady that makes his bones extremely brittle. However, David is unwilling to accept Elijah's odd theory that David may, in fact, be indestructible, and that he may have other unearthly powers. He also believes that David may have been intended to do bigger and better things with his time than simply work security at college football games. Meanwhile, David's estranged wife (Robin Wright Penn) and alienated son (Spencer Treat Clark) are trying to re-establish relationships with him, though this recent turn of events could undo that. As crafty a plotter as he is, Shyamalan has written himself into a corner here, and he leaves himself with no other options for story resolution than the worst one available. (It almost would have been better for him to leave the main story line dangling, unresolved, rather than tie it up with a lame "Where are they now?" title-card gimmick). What's so disappointing is that the film seems to be building to something better and deeper than this unsatisfying conclusion. That also puts a serious burden on Willis, who comes off as somewhat icy early on. Of course, his character is written as somewhat standoffish in the beginning and gradually becomes more likable as he and the audience come to understand what's happening to him. In support, Jackson is as good is always (though his silly haircut is a serious distraction). And Shyamalan has found another talented youngster in Clark, though he's not given even a 10th as much to do as "The Sixth Sense's" wunderkind Haley Joel Osment. "Unbreakable" is rated PG-13 for a rather disturbing scene of violence, scattered profanity, a crude sexual reference and a scene depicting a drug transaction. Running time: 107 minutes. E-MAIL: email@example.comNovember 22nd, 2000 · Details