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UNBREAKABLE stars Bruce Willis as David Dunne, a Philadelphia security guard and the sole survivor of a disasterous train wreck. Not only is David still alive after the crash--he's completely unharmed. After this miraculous incident, he's contacted by the mysterious Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), a dealer of comic book art who seems to have the opposite physicality--his bones tend to snap like twigs. As Elijah attempts to help the reluctant hero realize his superhuman potential, David tries to make amends with his estranged wife (Robin Wright Penn) and son (Spencer Treat Clark).Following the runaway success of THE SIXTH SENSE, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan once again teams up with Willis for another bleak supernatural tale with a surprising finale. Although Willis and Jackson are excellent in their roles, the highlights of the film are Eduardo Serra's cinematography and Shyamalan's direction, which are eerily atmospheric and inventive--in certain sequences, for example, entire scenes are shot as reflections on glass. UNBREAKABLE is a superhero film at heart, but Shyamalan's somber aesthetic transforms it into something far more intriguing.

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  • Edition: Vista Series 2-Disc Set
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • Features: Letterboxed
  • Sound: Stereo Sound, Surround Sound, THX Sound
  • UPC: 786936144772

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"...All is revealed with a stealth that makes UNBREAKABLE the kind of movie that's talked about well after the credits roll..."
Box Office - Tim Cogshell (01/01/2001)

"...Somberly fantastic....Jackson gives a delicate and haunted performance." -- Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (01/05/2001)

"...Intriguing....UNBREAKABLE is likely to surprise you....Jackson is suitably uncanny..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Total Film - Dan Jolin (02/01/2001)

"...Unforgettable suspense sequences..."
Sight and Sound - Kim Newman (02/01/2001)

"...As quietly intriguing as THE SIXTH SENSE....An uncommonly absorbing movie..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (11/22/2000)

"...UNBREAKABLE shows Mr. Shyamalan's remarkable growth as a director....This is a superhero comic rendered as a haiku....Mr. Willis has the charisma to hold an audience....Mr. Jackson does wonders with his role..."
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell (11/22/2000)

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Created: 02/23/11

A good superhero film set in a the real world

Unbreakable opens with a scene that takes place in America every day, and it quickly tells us some pertinent information about the man who the audience immediately recognizes will be the film's focal character due to the fact he's being portrayed by Bruce Willis. However, these revelations are far from flattering. David Dunn is a passenger returning home via train and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan wastes no time letting the audience know that David is a man past his prime with an unstable marriage and very little excitement in his life. It's what happens over the next (a shocking and fatally devastating train derailment crash) that gives the film's first indication how far from from ordinary David truly is as an individual. Like the audience to that point, David never suspected that he had any special abilities or the potential to be anything truly remarkable.

Unbreakable is different. More often than not, in hero pictures, we see dramatic events take place in a person's life to make him or her special, but in this film, the hero is already special, yet it takes events to help him accept a heroic destiny that seems so unlikely in the mind of the character. In fact, it could be stated in retrospect that said hero is not even the primary protagonist of Unbreakable. Someone ELSE wants David Dunn to be a superhero. Along with Willis, Samuel L. Jackson leads a cast that turn in a deft performance in making a superhero-dom seem like the something that could happen to the guy next door.

Possibly the most glaring cinematographical technique set employed by Unbreakable is used to keep the viewer slightly off-balance and not quite certain of what's going on or what's coming next; in other words, the director injects us right into the middle of uncertainty of David Dunn's fast-moving development, so that we have a clue what it'd feel like to have forces beyond our control push us toward a purpose that we never saw in our futures. The film also lacks of an emotional center. During the plot there is no more than one moment where all the main characters are happy at the same time. In addition, as a viewer, I found that my natural inclination to pick which characters I liked or disliked and related well to or did not relate well to change at various junctures. Be warned, because of its subtleties, Unbreakable is a movie best appreciated with more than one screening.

The first group of folks to which I'd recommend this film and the ones who liked the Sixth Sense (despite the lack of seeing dead people in Unbreakable). Next, pretty much everyone else. Thanks for reading, enjoy, and God bless.

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Created: 06/02/09

Unbreakable (The Best Superhero Movie Ever?)

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I bought the special edition DVD because I loved this movie, but only had it on VHS.
The bonus material is good...especially the interviews with M. Night and Samuel L. Jackson...makes the Special Edition version worth the extra cost.

As far as the movie itself, it is one of my top ten, if not top three films of all-time. It is, by far, my favorite superhro movie. WARNING: It is NOT like Iron Man, X-Men, Batman, etc. (no big explosions or blue & yellow spandex). I do like and enjoy the recent spate of superhero movies (I am also a long-time comic fan), but this movie/story provides the "realistic" rationale for 'heroes' in the real world.

It is basically the origin story of an original hero (played by Bruse Willis). As M. Night puts it "is the first act of a three act-play". My son (action-addict) did not like it...we will give him a couple years and see. It is methodically-paced and can easily be too slow-moving for some viewers. It, like most M. Night films, has a 'surprise ending'...I will not spoil it for you.

It is also the story of redemption. The main character is not happy. It can be seen as a parable for/of most modern, middle-aged men who know that 'something' is missing from their lives.

It is also the story of deserving what our sons think of us (at least until they become teenagers).

It also presents an interesting theory of how/why heroes might exist based on the spectrum of genetic differences (similarly and better than the TV show Heroes [also one of my favs]) and can lead to interesting discussions of how different-from-the-norm is "super".

So, it is a GREAT film. Not everyone will like it, but if you want a "thinking-man's superhero movie", this is it.

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Created: 05/21/07

Slow and Boring With A See-Thru Plot

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The movie starts off with a train wreck. However, they decided not to show the train wreck at all. You see Willis riding the train and then his son sees a news bulletin about a train wreck. Lame. And right there, you know this movie is going to be boring.

The entire movie revolves around Willis discovering that he's a comic book superhero. Not a bad premise, I will grant you that. But nothing ever happens. The movie leads into scenes where some action could occur, but nothing ever does. And I'm saying that the film needs ot be action packed, but it's pretty dull since NOTHING ever happens.

The end is easily predicted. Of course, we know who the bad guy is all along. The bad guy is always the dramatic foil of the good guy (physically and mentally). In this movie, you know who the bad guy is right away because it's so easy to pick out the dramatic foil to Willis.

Lame movie. I generally like M. Night Shyamalan's work, so don't think I am riding the bandwagon by bashing him. I really enjoyed "The Village," "The Sixth Sense," and "Signs." But this one just falls short.

My advice: don't waste the two hours of your life.

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Created: 09/08/06

Awesome!

Review For: Unbreakable (DVD, 2001, 2-Disc Set, Vista Series)

Overall, I love this movie! It's creative, thought-provoking, and suspenseful. M. Night did a great job with this one. Though I love all of his movies, this one had to be the most real and therefore one of his most intriguing films yet. The acting is also amazing, but then again, when is Bruce Willis not at his best? Samuel L. Jackson also did a fantastic job. Because the film is set in the present, the audience is left wondering, is it possible that real heroes and villains roam our streets? The movie also has its emotional scenes with the father/son relationship, a failing marriage, and a fragile man who has grown up accepting the fact that he will never be able to live the way others do. I definitely give it two thumbs up!

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Created: 09/08/08

Unbreakable

Review For: Unbreakable (DVD, 2001, 2-Disc Set, Vista Series)

This film is in the begining of M. Night Shamalan's career. What a great effort it is. There has been no other film director with the sense of suspense,irony and thrill since the great Alfred Hitchcock.Bruce Willis gives a fine performence as the unsuspecting hero as Shamalan takes us on an offbeat twist on Urban Legends. Sam L Jackson also gives us a chill with his effort as the antihero. Can Urban legends be the basis for comic book charaters? Are the heros in them based on everyday Joe's with extraordinary senses? Are our serial killers and common criminal the nemisis of our comic books? All things are possible in the mind and films of the great genius of M.Night Shamalan. I've enjoyed every one of his films and this is just another example of his tallent for shifting our perspective on the ordinary.

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