Unbreakable

  • 12
  • M Night Shyamalan (2000)
  • US
  • 106 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Fantasy drama from the director of The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson. After surviving a train crash in which all other passengers are killed, David Dunn meets the mysterious Elijah Price who suffers from a bone condition that makes him susceptible to fractures. Obsessed with comic-book lore since childhood, Elijah believes that Dunn is an "unbreakable", a gifted individual who has the ability to survive injury and illness. Is David really a superhero or is there some other bizarre explanation?

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
M Night Shyamalan

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Dec 2000
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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