Long before Bruce Willis starred in any B Grade films, director M. Night Shyamalan (Best known for films such as The Sixth Sense & Signs) returned with another very clever thriller not long after the success of The Sixth Sense in 1999. This film was made long before all the Marvel films appeared when the revival of comic book movies was yet to come and was in cinemas during the same year as the first X-Men film.
The film has David Dunn (Bruce Willis) on a train, taking his wedding ring off as he converses briefly with a woman next to him. After an awkward conversation, the woman moves to another seat. David looks lost, sad & down, staring out the train window. Strange, loud noises start to occur, and we find out shortly after that the train and passengers are sadly involved in a devastating/horrible accident.
The accident takes the lives of one hundred and thirty-one people, many wounded, but David is the only survivor. Not only that, David has no bruise, no cuts, and no markings that would even suggest that he was on that train. Why has this happened to David? How is this possible?
One inquisitive man about David’s news is Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson). Elijah is an art collector, collecting things based on comics, heroes & villains. Elijah meets with David, and the story has many twists and turns from here.
Unbreakable for me is a fantastic film! It is one of my favourite films and one of M. Night’s directional hits. Seeing these two actors step back from action roles and give us outstanding performances was great. The film’s soundtrack, done by James Newton Howard, is also solid and efficient. When it comes to twists and turns, I’ll be honest: I couldn’t pick the ending of this film, but I did work out the conclusion of Sixth Sense when I first saw it. The end of this film had me wanting to see more!
Overall, Suppose you haven’t seen Unbreakable. In that case, this film comes highly recommended for any fans of Marvel, DC, or perhaps fans of comic thrillers (Even though the film doesn’t have any significant action effects). The film has an incredible story to tell.