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 again 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 all the comic book movies was yet to come; and was in cinemas during the same year as X-Men 1.
The film has the lead David Dunn (Bruce Willis) on a train, taking his wedding ring off as he makes brief conversation with a woman next to him. After an awkward conversation, the woman moves to another seat. David looks lost, sad & down, staring outside the window of the train. Strange, loud noises start to occur and we find out shortly after that the train and all the passengers are sadly involved in a devastating/horrible accident.
The accident takes the lives of 131 people and many are wounded but David is the only survivor. Not only that, David has no bruise, no cuts no markings that would even suggest that he was on that train.
Why has this happened to David? How is this possible?
One man who is very curious about the news of David is Elijah (played by 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 also one of M. Night’s directional hits. It was great to see these two actors step back from action roles and provide us with outstanding performances. The film’s soundtrack done by James Newton Howard is also strong and very efficient.
When it comes to twists and turns, I’ll be honest: I couldn’t pick the ending to this film, but I did work the ending of Sixth Sense when I 1st saw it. The ending of this film had me wanting to see more!
If you haven’t seen Unbreakable, 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 big action effects). The film has an incredible story to tell.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden