Kurt McKee

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Unbreakable (2000)

Posted 4 September 2006 in movie, name:Bruce-Willis, name:M.-Night-Shyamalan, and review

Unbreakable (2000)

In this, the second of M. Night Shyamalan's films, Bruce Willis portrays David Dunn, the sole survivor of a train wreck. Samuel L. Jackson's character learns of the disaster and approaches Dunn, proposing a fantastical explanation for his survival.

I picked this movie up having seen it once. Watching it a second time through, I can safely say that this movie was an excellent purchase. The first fifteen minutes are notable for several reasons. For instance, the first scene of "Unbreakable" is by far the most tragic I have seen. The second scene is shot almost entirely as a single take, as Willis' character shares an extensive unbroken dialogue with another character. The rest of the movie proceeds at a slower pace which builds to a powerful conclusion.

Like many of Shyamalan's movies, Willis' character is enduring a great deal of relational stress. Characteristic of M. Night's films, there is a scene of reconciliation, and, also characteristically, I was moved nearly to the point of tears.

I give "Unbreakable" 5 stars out of 5, primarily because I think it deserves more than 4 stars (which is not to say that it is a five-star movie - I'm just unwilling to use decimals). Some will find the movie slow-paced, but I believe that it leads the viewer at a sensible pace to a strong conclusion. "Unbreakable" is an original movie, and I am pleased to have it grace my shelf.