Unbreakable

Unbreakable

M Night Shyamalan (2000)

106min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
On the surface, this fantasy drama from director M Night Shyamalan resembles his previous supernatural sensation, The Sixth Sense, in that it stars Bruce Willis and deals with a paranormal phenomenon, adopting a measured pace and hymnal atmosphere en route to a surprise ending. However, it isn't another Sixth Sense - it's not as good, for a start - but it has much going for it, moving the supernatural genre to a thought-provoking and surreal new level. After becoming the sole survivor of a train crash, security guard Willis is told by brittle-boned comic-art gallery owner Samuel L Jackson that he has special powers. What's more, Jackson believes that comic books are the only way this ancient heroic history has been kept alive for contemporary mass consumption. Willis dismisses Jackson's theories as lunatic ramblings, but details from his life gradually force him to have second thoughts - could he really be a New Age avenger that weaker members of society need? More rambling than Sixth Sense, Unbreakable is still an enthralling and subtle fantasy. Shyamalan is a master storyteller whose supreme self-confidence enables him to push the viewer through assorted hoops. Shot using comic-strip camera angles that only hint at the climactic twist, Shyamalan breaks the mould in terms of mounting a semi-pretentious concept with complete assurance, combining genre language with clever sleight-of-hand to broach seriously oddball issues.

Summary

A security guard escapes from the carnage of a train crash miraculously unscathed. He is baffled by what has happened to him - until he is contacted by a frail comic-book dealer, who appears to hold the key to the mystery. Drama from director M Night Shyamalan, with Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, Robin Wright and Spencer Treat Clark.

Cast & Crew

David Dunn Bruce Willis
Elijah Price Samuel L Jackson
Audrey Dunn Robin Wright
Joseph Dunn Spencer Treat Clark
Elijah's mother Charlayne Woodard
Dr Matheson Eamonn Walker
Kelly Leslie Stefanson
Director M Night Shyamalan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: May be edited for language and violence. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 29 Dec 2000

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