unbreakable_1Writer and director of The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan, brings us another supernatural suspense thriller in the form of 2000 film Unbreakable. 

Unbreakable is the story of a neighbourhood superhero, who’s power is discovered by a comic book fanatic when he is the unscathed soul survivor on a fatal train wreck. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) learns a lot about himself after he survives the train crash, and is forced to admit the past and learn his place on Earth.Comic book fanatic Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) who suffers from a disease that makes his bones brittle and easily broken, coaxes these realisations in his own personal search for his polar opposite; an unbreakable hero.

The film bears many similarities to 1999 film The Sixth Sense, and not just the fact that it stars Bruce Willis and is 2408_5_screenshotdirected/written by the same person. It’s slow paced and gripping from the start with a tense atmosphere and subtle yet brilliant supernatural undertones. Willis‘ performance is spot on, the character is quite dull and pensive with very little expression which works well for the film and Willis does a great job. Samuel L. Jackson‘s character is like someone from a comic book, which I suppose is the idea. He is just like an evil mastermind, and like Willis he does a brilliant job in his portrayal.

unbreakable3The story is far fetched, but what supernatural film isn’t? It’s brilliantly enthralling and will have you completely hooked till the end, wanting to know what’s going on. You can really get involved with the characters, particularly David and his wife Audrey who have been going through a rough patch. When their son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) pulls a loaded gun on David to prove that he can’t be killed you can feel the suspense bubbling out of the screen and you can almost feel the fear of the characters; which can only be a good sign, right?

Unbreakable might be a bit old now, but it certainly doesn’t look and feel dated. It’s a unique storyline that’ll have you hooked, and the tension and suspense is brilliant. The film boasts a great cast, and intriguing and suspenseful soundtrack and dark, clever cinematography. unbreakable2nightchroniclesThe editing is slightly dated with some really long fade transitions, which do get a little tiresome, but the standard of the rest of the film more than makes up for it. Well worth checking out, or even re-watching it if you haven’t seen it for a while.

19 thoughts on “Unbreakable

  1. Love this film. Saw it when the film came out (in a sparsely filled movie theater). So glad more and more moviegoers are discovering it. Fine review, Tasha.


    1. Yeah I gotta admit this was probably one of the last decent films he’s done, although I enjoyed The Village…but that was probably because I was young, stupid and thought it was scary…in reality it’s probably crap!! Signs and The Happening are terrible, although Signs, when I was about 7 years old, gave me nightmares for years…I’ve watched it since, and it’s laughable!


  2. It didn’t seem like a lot of people liked this film when it first came out but I thought it was excellent. Other superhero films should take a lesson on realism from this film – it was gritty, small and secretive, but convincing.


  3. I remember seeing this film for the first time in my teens and really liking it. This is an exceptional film with a really good story and great performances from the cast involved. I just recall this film being very strange and bizarre but that’s what really attracts you to it. This along with Signs are my favourite M. Night Shyamalan films.


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