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April 25, 2019

Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ a window to mediocrity …


2.5 STARS OUT OF 5 (Want to know what our star ratings mean? Check out our review formatting here)

As the final installment of the Unbreakable trilogy, M. Night Shyamalan’s new film Glass gives an okay ending. As a stand-alone film, though, it’s pretty rough.

Since the premiere of the film Unbreakable in 2000, it has garnered a huge cult following. It came out when director M. Night Shyamalan was fresh off the success of his Oscar-nominated The Sixth Sense, which also starred Bruce Willis, and was considered by many to be another phenomenal job. Unbreakable was a clever take on the idea of comic book superheroes, asking what would happen in our world if these caped crusaders were real? In 2017 Shyamalan followed Unbreakable with Split, which was about a teen-aged girl and her friends being kidnapped by Kevin (James McAvoy), a man with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Split was a pretty big hit, primarily due to the acting chops of McAvoy, who had to portray 23 unique personalities.

Glass picks up where Split left off, with Bruce Willis as security guard David Dunn (the same character he played in Unbreakable), who is on the trail of Kevin from Split and must stop him before he strikes again.

Being the final installment of the Unbreakable trilogy, Glass should have been a lot bigger and should have finished much stronger. The villain in the film, Mr. Glass, is played by the always great Samuel L. Jackson and is one of the few highlights; he has played Mr. Glass before and is right at home with the character, and he has a very commanding screen presence. Beyond Jackson, though, Glass fizzled. The production just felt rushed, especially in terms of the crafting of the script. I think that it’s worth a watch because of McAvoy, Willis, and Jackson’s performances (and for the inevitable Shyamalan twist), but it was by no means noteworthy otherwise.

Overall, this was worth 2.5 out of 5 stars: slightly below average, especially considering the material it had to live up to.

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