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Unbreakable

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Jeff Nelson

Unbreakable is one of M. Night Shyamalan's final well-made movies.

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Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan's career has turned absolutely sour. After The Happening and Lady in the Water, I gave up on his abilities. He has used his formulaic twists all too often and it has become stale. It's a shame after glancing back at his history. He simply lost the magic over the years. Unbreakable is perhaps one of Shyamalan's final decent films. I won't be holding high expectations, but I hope that Shyamalan can bring his magic touch back to cinema.

An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead and him without a scratch. Is he truly unbreakable? The answer could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disaster that renders his bones as fragile as glass. I viewed Unbreakable without knowing very much about the plot. Even though the film brings about the topic of superheroes, this is by no means a superhero flick. The dialogue is good and the characters are even better. Audiences will find themselves genuinely interested in getting to know the two main characters. Unfortunately, there are a few lines of dialogue that are cringeworthy. With the exception of these conversations, the script is absolutely suitable. The twist formula is still used in Unbreakable, but fits here.

The leading actors highly contribute to the interest in the characters. Bruce Willis performs as the main character, David Dunn. He fits the role very well as he has always been known to be able to shine with these characters. Samuel L. Jackson is fantastic as the 'crazy' Elijah Price. Not only is he convincing, but he makes Price the most intriguing character in the film. Viewers won't find any Academy Award winning performances, but M. Night Shyamalan directs these actors to create a good set of characters.

As previously mentioned, Unbreakable shouldn't be classified as a superhero flick. The movie centers around David Dunn and Elijah Price opposed to big action sequences. In fact, most of the visuals are left to the imagination. The devastating train crash isn't shown, but the aftermath is shown on the news. The sound mixing is where this film shows its technical muscles. The dialogue is loud and clean through the center channel. The surround speakers are constantly active. Even though there isn't a lot of action, the subwoofer gets quite a workout at times. Fans will be pleased with the visual and audio presentation.

Unbreakable isn't as popular as The Sixth Sense, but hasn't received the attention it deserves. The film follows the simple idea of good versus evil, but executes it well. The script could have been improved, but it's not too shabby. The acting is good as Samuel L. Jackson shines the brightest. The visual department is phenomenal. Unbreakable is one of M. Night Shyamalan's final well-made movies. Ignore his recent motion pictures and check this out.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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