M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals, 2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal, into one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
I guess I can be slow at times because I had absolutely no idea that Split was the sequel to Unbreakable until the last minute when the ending gave that slow, unbroken shot the swept across the diner, stopping over Bruce Willis’ character, David Dunn. That was when it hit me and I realized I had been watching the sequel to one of Shyamalan’s greatest movies, Unbreakable. The entire time I watched Split, I had only thought it was another brilliant psychological horror films. Talk about slow, eh? Leave it to Writer-Director M. Knight Shyamalan to fully be able to pull the rug out from under my feet! The entire idea of this trilogy is the complete opposite of what we’ve come to expect in the superhero genre. It’s about realism and not fantasy. It’s about simple everyday people living their lives and doing what they must, it’s not about men in silly costumes or capes.
There are two important tasks that you should follow before seeing Glass. One, make certain you have already watched the first and second parts of this fantastic trilogy, Unbreakable and Split, otherwise, I fear Glass might not make too much sense to you. Seriously, there is a smooth transaction between all three of these films that should be fully experienced as they were intended. It’s almost as if Mr. Shyamalan made them back to back with no other films in between. The second task is to IGNORE THE CRITICS! They have absolutely no clue what so ever concerning this film, and it’s perfectly clear they don’t understand the complex nature of the trilogy. It’s almost as if they never even watched it at all, and is a real shame how ruthlessly they bashed it. All I have to say to the critics is stick it where the sun don’t shine! I find them wrong about almost every single movie these days.
The movie starts three weeks after Casey Cooke, the only living survivor of the Beast’s brutal attacks escapes from Kevin Wendell Crumb, the psychotic man with Dissociative Identity Disorder, who assumes over 20 personalities. Meanwhile, superhuman vigilante David Dunn and his now-grown son Joseph have been working together to take down criminals. They run a home security business during the day and patrol the dangerous streets while fighting crime by night. The pair are desperately trying to locate the hideout of “The Beast,” Kevin’s superhuman identity, who’s still at large. Kevin is the prime suspect in the disappearance of four cheerleaders that were abducted. After discovering the cheerleaders’ location using his supernatural powers of perception, David frees the terrified girls but is unfortunately attacked when “The Beast” arrives at the scene and a brutal fight breaks out between them.
With the fight spilling onto the public streets, we realize there is a specialized group of the Philadelphia Police Department surrounding them. The group, led by Dr. Ellie Staple, activates a bizarre device that quickly flashes hypnotic lights towards them, forcing “the Beast” to immediately switch identities and causes his capture. Staple then convinces David to surrender, and both men are arrested and taken to Raven Hill psychiatric hospital. The exact same hospital where David’s old adversary, and newly catatonic, Elijah Price, a.k.a. Mr. Glass resides and has been for the past two decades. Dr. Ellie Staple is revealed to be the department head of the hospital, who attempts to convince the men that there’s nothing superhuman or special about them and that they are all in fact, very delusional. As the rest of the story unfolds, we’re given a few brilliantly genuine twists along the way.
Anyway, I am completely happy with the way Mr. Shyamalan pulled Unbreakable and Split together, finalizing it with Glass. I found all of the Characters had depth and did fantastic jobs in their roles. The overall story and the music were above superior. If you’re hoping for a non-stop action film with superheroes and villains, I’m afraid you will be somewhat disappointed with Glass. The film focuses heavily on the doctor’s treatment of the three characters, and that of Elijah and his transformation into Mister Glass, whose goal has always been to prove to the world that superhumans do exist, and not so much on David or Kevin. M. Night Shyamalan’s greatest gift has always been the way he is able to create mind-blowing twists and weave them flawlessly into his films, and this one was no different. I have to admit, the last 30 minutes or so really packed a punch with me, and I never imagined I’d leave a theater almost in tears from an M. Night Shyamalan movie. Respect.
Release Date: January 18, 2019
Runtime: 2 hours, 9 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Director(s): M. Night Shyamalan
Reviewed by: Grim Magazine
Our Rating: 3.6 /5
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