Chris Stuckmann: Unbreakable – My Favorite Movies

Chris Stuckmann reviews Unbreakable

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22 comments

  1. That’s my favorite Shyamalan movie too!

  2. I enjoyed this movie and I saw it way before I saw the Sixth Sense
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  3. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Interesting review. This is a film thst i really should check out cause you said it’s real good and better then the sixth sense then thats a film that I’ve got to make my top priority to check it out and I’m really interested to see your thoughts on the village(especially since it was one of your most anticipated filns back in the day and it’s twist at the end dissapointed critics).

    • Not “better” but more original. As good as six sense is it is still quite standard scenario, when Unbreakable is even now one of most original and still good superhero movie.. what isn’t superhero movie in this same time. Definitely great piece of work even if it have some minor problems.

  4. It’s my favorite Shyamalan movie as well. If you haven’t watched it and want to I suggest you watch it streaming or on home video. The film is less than 2hrs long but with all of the long shots it feels like it’s a lot longer and moves along slowly. That’s just my opinion though. It is well acted and well structured and is still worth the watch even after spoilers.

    Thanks for the review, Chris.

  5. As this movie is about the fantastic grounded in reality, it bugged the hell out of me that Jackson’s character is allowed to go unpunished at the end. Sure, he helped “create” the Unbreakable Security Man because without that train wreck the Willis character would likely never discover his potential, however Prince is a freakin’ maniac and a mass muderer. He needed to be hauled off to meet Justice!

    • The closing text says that he was arrested. But I can understand what you mean: a closing text wasn’t the heroic ass-whoopin’ we really want to see.

      • Given I already saw the guy take a horrifying beating from a set of stairs and even his mother’s vagina, I’m not sure I wanted to watch Bruce Willis break his bones into finer powder. Or how that would have been heroic. He was evil, but “unpunished” doesn’t sound right for a man endlessly destroyed into crazy.

    • And how would that work, exactly? He may have admitted to setting up those disasters, but where’s the proof? Where’s the evidence that the justice system will use to put him away for life? Hearsay from Willis’ character wouldn’t work even *if* he were willing to put himself in that position, considering that he’s trying to maintain his secret identity.

      • The giant pile of evidence Willis saw surrounding Jackson’s desk complete with half made bombs, guides, schematics, computers, and newspaper clippings of every crime he ever committed?

        The ending never says if Bruce kept playing along with the superhero tropes that got more people murdered than he could ever save. But if he did, he has a pretty solid alibi where only a delusional loony would ever believe he’s got super powers. Which is what Mr. Glass has been locked up as. Not to mention Jackson’s supervillainy stems from wanting Willis to be a superhero. I doubt he’s as invested in preventing the one thing that gives his existence and pain any meaning.

    • He did. Sorry but you sound as anti-villain with this silly demand for punishment. This guy wasn’t fighter, Willis didn’t need punch him as he was basically harmless after reveal and sort of victim of destiny on the first place. Arrest is sufficient punishment for him.

      Also don’t spoil you idiot!

  6. lol Chris your sixth sense review is the whole reason I decided to watch the film, and this review will be the whole reason why I watch Unbreakable. Terrible to watch it in reverse order but it’s still great nonetheless.

    Can’t wait to see you review The Villlage though, it’s my favorite Shyamalan movie even if it’s not his best (favorites can’t always be the greatest, right?). I think he wrote a well-written female character and I love that you don’t know who the actual protagonist is until later.

  7. The first time I’ve 100% agreed with Chris Stuckmann! Unbreakable is just as good as The Sixth Sense on 1st viewing and does have far more replay value!

    As for the Twist Ending – I’m not sure where the Critics were coming from as I’d place these two films as join second behind The Usual Suspects in that department.

  8. I had NEVER heard of this movie until Doug mentioned it. Also, Shyamalan was into color back in the day, huh? Red in Sixth Sense, purple/green in Unbreakable. Huh…

    • Colors have meaning. Purple is commonly related to wisdom, what is most dark from virtues. It is subtle suggestion that he have twisted and manipulative character. This color is common for villains thought it should be associated strictly with anti-villein concept if used correctly.

      Green is associated with healing (though also poison in some context), basically live-force. It referee both to this character healing skills and his job as guardian.

      Red is color of blood. It referee commonly to life, but in some context it could be also mean danger. I guess in context of story it was used to describe hidden treat.

  9. Unbreakable is also my favorite movie from M Knight Shama lama ding dong. But, my favorite Bruce Willis Movie is Hostage. What disappoints me about Unbreakable is that there was so much potential for more.

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  10. I personally loved the twist ending, but I saw it coming it pretty early on. (I don’t think that’s a flaw in the film – I’m just way too familiar with the tropes and plot twists.)

  11. I saw this movie. It’s an excellent one when you can’t sleep… How soporific!
    The camera’s moves in the intro were interesting for 5 seconds, then it turned childish, monotonous and nauseating (especially when almost nothing visually interesting happens during this loooong shot). When you move your camera from left to right every 5 second, for 5 minutes, it already gets annoying and it was just the beginning.

    From the very beginning we found that Bruce Willis as some kind of “unbreakability”. Then the rest of the movie is him “not being sure he’s actually a superhuman” though he never got injured during his whole life and “not doing anything relevant”. The title should be “Superman disguized as Clark Kent not doing anything heroic for 99% of the movie”.

    If the child actor was meant to be exasperating, it’s a success. The son’s plot is that he (like Elijah) wants his dad to assume his super-identity and go save people. The dad doesn’t want to. So the child get annoyed. And suddenly, his resentment goes to such extreme limits that it’s laughable. (see spoiler below for more details)

    Bruce Willis’ weakness isn’t just water, it’s his stupidity. Which almots gets him killed. “Oh, I certainly won’t take a look at my surroundings though I know there’s a serial killer hiding in this very house and who is about to throw me in the swimming pool, the mortal weakness Elijah told me about! (because I’m too stupid to analyze my own memories, someone has to do it for me)”. There were more clever ways to make him fall but Shyamalan’s plot recquires his hero to be an idiot.

    His power of deduction comes out of nowhere and has no link to his superstrength. It’s just a cheap way to make him less ineffective.

    The hero rising from the pool and the final fight were as pathetic as the music was pompous. His superstrength made the fight completely one-sided and uninteresting (unless you sided with the murderer). And in the end he kills the serial killer. The reason why killing him is depressing is because Bruce Willis’ superstrength fails to make him special. The result would have been the same if he had just used his gun.

    But maybe that was the point? Maybe the movie was just about a guy with amazing powers who is just too reluctant/scared/lazy/unimaginative/brain-damaged to make anything amazing with them. It would have been interesting if there was actual content. The movie has a paper-thin plot that he stretches for hours without inserting any interesting/entertaining content until the very end (contrary to Mad Max or Jacques Tati’s cinema).
    The reason why he wouldn’t help people with his superpowers is never clarified though it’s the movie major point. Maybe it would be : 1° He’s afraid of hurting people. 2° He’s afraid the government would try to abduct for their own purposes 3° He doesn’t know how the people will react. But they never talk about this 3 issues. It’s a shame because the characters talk about their thoughts and feels for hours.

    [lesser spoiler about Bruce Willis and his son:]

    The son wants his father to realize he’s “unbreakable” by shooting him with his gun. At no point does he try something less radical like stinging him with a fork. But no, no subtlety allowed, it has to be edgier. If you just want your character to loose it, make it believable! But the son was one of these bad-written kid characters who speak like adults, so he never sounded believable in the first place. I repeat myself, but this child was especially obnoxious.

    At least, it was the only moment of (dark) humor: when Bruce Willis told his psycho son that shooting people, especially your father, isn’t a very polite thing to do.
    [end of spoiler]

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