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Unbreakable (9/10)

Wow.

After watching this film. All I could say was “wow”. I knew this film was going to be good, but I was still suprised and amazed in a way that only Mr. M Night Shyamalan can deliver.

This film tells the story of David Dunn (Bruce Willis) a man who is not only the sole survivor of a horrible train chrash, but he walked away without so much as a scratch. Soon after the accident he is confronted by a mysterious man (Samuel L. Jackson) who believes that comic book heroes are real. Not in the “Heroes” sense where they have specific powers, but as a type of super human. Though David initially rejects the idea and dismisses this stranger as a con artist, he soon finds odd things happening in his life…

First of all, this is not a super hero movie. While this film tells an extraordinary story, it stays grounded deep in reality. Don’t expect to see trucks flying or explosions or high tech gadgets. This movie is about people, not adrenalin, though at times you do find yourself at the edge of your seat. M Night Shyamalan does a great job at conveying emotion through the way he shoots shots: he seems to like shooting behind objects or shooting reflections. This, while it is great for creating a mood, can at times make the movie feel a little slow. However, it also creates layer suspense during these slow moments that pays off. The characters are deep and you begin to sympathize with the main character and wonder: “How would I react if you were him?”

However, the real “wow” factor in this movie comes from the ending. I can’t tell you why without spoiling it, but belive me, the twist at the end makes the entire movie worthwhile.

If you are looking for a great film, you can’t go wrong with Unbreakable.

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