Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star in a mind-shattering, suspense-filled thriller that stays with you long after the end of this riveting supernatural film. After David Dunn (Willis) emerges from a horrific train cras... more »h as the sole survivor -- and without a single scratch on him -- he meets a mysterious sranger (Jackson). An unsettling stranger who believes comic book heroes walk the earth. A haunting stranger, whose obsession with David will change David's life forever.« less
David M. (KingofGarageSales) from FAYETTEVILLE, AR Reviewed on 11/17/2017...
I don't recall being more disappointed in a movie. The adjectives "slow" and "plodding" immediately spring to mind; after about ten minutes I had to fast-forward through the numerous ten-second-instances it took Bruce Willis to turn his head (indicating, one supposes, the degree of ominousness of the sound he had just heard)or the thirty seconds--literally, by my watch--it took him to walk across a room in slow motion.
The movie's premise (that Willis is "unbreakable", having never suffered an injury or so much as a common cold despite having been in a car crash and a train derailment that left 475 dead, with him being the sole, unscratched, survivor) is not revealed until a third of the way into the movie.
And from that the denouement--that he has been in denial of the fact that, like the heroes in his son's comic books, he has super powers to spot hidden weapons on persons nearby and with no more than a casual brush with a stranger can immediately learn what horrible acts that person has committed.
Throughout the movie he has contact--and even befriends--the character played by Samuel L. Jackson, who is Willis antithesis: Born with a genetic defect, his bones shatter like glass with any fall, and he is secretly an archvillian who is responsible for the death of hundreds (a fact that Willis, despite his super powers, does not deduce until the last minutes of the film).
Described in three words, I found the movie to be: Slooow, plodding, and boring.
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Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 12/30/2014...
I just did not like this movie. Too much for me to handle.
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Daniel W. from LANSING, MI Reviewed on 10/10/2012...
To me, this is M. Nights best work. I didnt always think so. If you would have asked 2 years ago I would have said Signs (which I still love), but after repeated viewings this has firmly latched on to the top spot. What once seemed slow and boring, became a fascinating character study. Both Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are wonderful in their roles. Willis effectively plays a man who, you can pretty much tell at first glance, has stopped living anywhere near what most people call a life. He is distant, quiet, and most of all, sad and lacking any purpose. After being the sole survivor of a train wreck, enter Jacksons character. This character is completely unlike anything Samuel L. has done before. Lots of vulnerableness in his character, and not just physically. He suggests some pretty outrageous stuff to Willis and Willis takes a hike, thinking the man crazy. After a while though, he starts to change his mind and believe. Its a story about lost people finding their true identities when they thought they were lost forever. I have probably already said too much, but the film does move along methodically, so some people will be bored. But I ask you to stick with it. It grows on you.
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Jerry S. from OCEANSIDE, CA Reviewed on 3/25/2012...
GREAT! One of those movies that keeps you guessing to the end.
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Deborah D. (pmdeborah) from YORK, PA Reviewed on 7/24/2010...
All of the acting and the plot were great. I have watched this movie again and again. The movie moves along at a good pace and the ending is wonderful. Even though C Woodard had a small role it was very well acted and stuck with me. I am going to have to see some of her other films.
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Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH Reviewed on 11/2/2008...
good with lots of suspense
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Vernon P. (Merlin) Reviewed on 4/20/2008...
This is a very carefully thought-out look at the practical side of the "hero" mythology of comics and legends. The ideas shared by Samuel L. Jackson's character are worth spending some time thinking on, and looking farther into. The application of the notion of a bell-curve to his reasoning is insightful.
This movie is well acted, and a delight to watch. From the beginning, Bruce Willis' character is lost, out-of-balance, and trying to establish his footing. Willis plays this perfectly. This movie is a jewel, and well worth spending almost 2 hours watching.
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John C. (bookwheelboy) Reviewed on 12/30/2007...
3 of 6 member(s) found this review helpful.
A great film...
CitiB | Texas | 04/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It takes a patient movie-goer to appreciate Unbreakable, and the movie was admittedly hampered by horrible advertising which marketed it as a supernatural thriller. Hell the pace here is slower than The Sixth Sense, which is saying more about it's "thriller" aspects than an entire paragraph could describe. Still, it's an emotional, dramatic journey and if you let yourself you can easily be captivated as it unfolds before you. The story is about Bruce Willis' character being, as the trailer and title suggest, Unbreakable. Samuel L. Jackson plays a man to whom life has dealt a bad hand, who's trying to show Bruce that there's more to him than he could possibly imagine. From there the movie delves into superhero theology that is even more brilliant in retrospect and subsequent viewings. Looking back, I truly believe this to be M. Night Shyamalan's best film thus far. From the writing to the direction, his attention to detail and wonderful timing is on magnificent display in this film.
Unbreakable is incredible."
Excellent movie, not as mainstream as "6th Sense"
Jack | Boston, MA United States | 06/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"when you were a kid, did you ever pretend you had super powers? or did you wish you had super powers? if so, this movie is definitely for you. the story is of a modern man (the bruce willis character) who, unbeknownst to him, has "super powers." it takes the a train wreck and the persistance of a fanatical comic book collector (samual l. jackson's character) to bring him to grips with his uncanny powers. what's so impressive about this movie is how we are made to understand the mental dilemmas of the main character, we feel him learning to accept that his powers are real, and just becasue he has them doesn't mean he has to be an unfalliable "superhero". the story is far from "campy," which is usually the case with this genre of movie. and, as usual, m. night shyamalan (writer of 6th sense) is once again able to throw his trademarked "curveball" at the end of the movie.however, don't assume that because you loved 6th sense, you'll love this movie... this movie got only moderate reviews at best, for one good reason: it wasn't targeted to a large audience like 6th sense. in the 6th sense, we had a kid as a main character, whom we all fell in love with, the relationship with his mother, and the dying relationship (pun intended) between the child psychologist and his wife, and the friendship between the kid and the psychologist. this appealed to a large audience, and especially helped to attract a female following. unbreakable has none of that. there is a kid -- the lead character's son -- but there's little character development. there's also no strong female character in this movie. no, this movie targets a different audience all together: basically, a male audience who may or may not have read comic books as kids, or always wished that they were superheros like batman or superman. overall, i personally loved this movie. but then, i'm part of the targeted audience (i used to pretend i was half-robot, half-human with super strength). i do indeed recommend this movie."
Better than The Sixth Sense!!
Mitch Weaver | Houston, TX | 11/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"David Dunn ( Bruce Willis) is the sole survivor of a massive train wreck, and does not even suffer a single scratch. Elajah Price ( Samuel L Jackson)has a condition that leaves his bones extremely vulnerable to breaking and develops the nickname "Mr. Glass". He is also a comic book specialist. His theory is that comic book heroes walk the earth, and due to the recent events, Elajah suspects that David is one of them. The theory is based on the spectrum of life. At one end is Elajah who is incredibly weak and extremely vulnerable. At the other end is someone who is extremely strong and invulnerable. At first David refuses to believe. But Elajah soon convinces David to look into his past. David soon discovers that he has never been sick, never been injured, has exceptional strength, and possesses a unique gift that others don't.... M. Night Shyamalan made one of the most popular horror films in history with "The Sixth Sense". But in my opinion, "Unbreakable" is his best film and extremely underrated. While people often criticize this film for being too slow, and hard to understand, it still continues to be one of my favorite films. The fact that the films move slowly, is what gives the film its brilliance. The events unfold at a pace that really lets you soak in the story and what the characters are going through. The story succeeds on five different levels. The first being the trouble with David's job as a security guard and his fight to find his place in the world. The second is the trouble with his marriage, and David's relationship with his wife Audrey ( Robin Wright Penn).The third is the endless need to proove Elajah's theory wrong. The fourth is with David's son Joseph ( Spencer Treat Clark) and how he thinks his dad is a hero. The fifth being what David does with his life, after he finds the truth. All of these aspects are blended together beautifully to create a well rounded story. M. Night Shyamalan is also known for his endings. The ending to "Unbreakable" will blow you away and is extremely shocking! Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark, and Robin Wright Penn are all spectacular in their roles. Each bring an important part to the story and are equally captivating. Finally, the camera work, set designs, and use of color are amazing, and really bring the story to life. The VISTA SERIES DVD however, might be the thing of all. The extras are out of this world. They really let you see the film in a whole new light. You get additional scenes, a behind the scenes documentary, and much much more. This is definately a must own"
You'll want to believe
Anthony Hinde | Sydney, Australia | 06/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"These days any film associated with comics is likely to be a special effects extravaganza full of action and short on character development. Well director M. Night Shyamalan has taken us in a different direction, (no surprise there). His film, "Unbreakable", explores the action comic philosophy without becoming an action comic itself. You won't see men in spandex leaping from tall buildings to save the day. What you will see is a thoughtful investigation of the unusual skills we humans may or may not have, and the choices we make regarding their use. I have a talent for putting holes in T-shirts. My sister can permanently stop any watch she wears for a few weeks. It's hard to see either of us becoming crime fighters or maniacal masterminds on the strength of these talents but it does makes you think. Let's stretch our imaginations a little further. What if a man had the uncanny luck to avoid virtually all injury or illness? Could this be significant? Would he even notice? Where would it lead him? Unbreakable introduces us to such a man. Bruce Willis plays David Dunn, the sole survivor of a tragic train derailment that killed the other 131 passengers. David walks away without a scratch and barely notices his fifteen minutes of fame on the local news channels. But at least one other person takes note of David's uncanny good fortune. Elijah Price is an art dealer, played convincingly by Samuel L Jackson. His gallery specializes in comic art and he is very passionate about the seriousness of his chosen profession and it's medium. Elijah believes that action comics represent an ancient wisdom, exaggerated and commercialized but still containing an essence of truth. His theory is that there are people with extraordinary abilities and that these people have a destiny. Whether these people become legendary hero's or any other larger than life figure depends on them realizing their destiny and fulfilling their potential. In David Dunn, he suspects lies the heart of a hero and Elijah's obsession soon drags David and his family into a new world. Shyamalan takes his time with this story. It could have very easily been boring, because when boiled down, little actually happens. However, Unbreakable avoids that trap and becomes instead, a strange mixture of longing, suspense and doubt. We truly get to know David's wife Audrey and his son Joseph. They are not an atypical family; marital problems, boredom and some other dysfunctions feature at the start of the story. In a way, David's gradually more serious attempts to explore his "gift" become the catalyst to improve his home life. The sub-plot of David's crumbling relationship with Audrey, (Robin Wright), is not fully explored but we are given several clues that make it interesting. David is chasing job offers in another city, even after the accident little emotion passes between he and Audrey, and they sleep separately. All of which points to a lack of love. But to counter this we discover that David sacrificed a promising football career to capture Audrey's heart and, even in the hardest times, he has remained faithful to her. I like these quiet story lines, where nothing is forced down your throat and you have to work it out on your own. By far the most interesting character is Elijah. Born with a brittle bone disease, his life has been crowded with pain, torment and ostracism. At school he was taunted with the moniker, "Mr. Glass", and to an extent he has embraced this title. If you look closely, you will see that he is always close to glass, for example, his fragile glass walking stick. Elijah is a fighter. His mother headed off a life of seclusion when he was a depressed boy and convinced him to accept life's challenges, eventually leading to his becoming a professional success. Elijah's passion and conviction are magnetic. He not only draws David and his son into the world of duty/destiny but the audience is forced to believe, long before David starts to. Unbreakable is a subtle film about taking risks, acknowledging hope and following dreams. Whether we have special gifts or not, it challenges us to take a look around and try to find opportunities to make a difference; to stand up to the small and large evils in this world and do our part. I can only hope we see more of these inspiring characters in future films. I want to feel this way again."
A True Work Of Art
Reviewer | 12/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan faced a formidable task in delivering a follow-up to his last outing, "The Sixth Sense," which was a remarkable film; and his attempt at capturing that same quality and integrity in his latest effort has resulted in a film that, while it does not surpass "Sense," is nothing less than it's equal. Beginning with a screenplay that is brilliant in concept, content and structure, and realized with equal acuity, "Unbreakable," starring Bruce Willis, is a unique, challenging film that will test the limits of audience perception like never before. From the cryptic opening scene to the denouement, this is enthralling drama that offers singular insight into the dark capabilities of human nature, and a perspective of evil never before suggested in any movie in the history of the cinema. Conan Doyle said there's nothing new under the sun, and that may be true; other films may have dealt with similar themes, but the approach Shyamalan takes here is entirely original. Shyamalan approaches his material like a quiet, unobtrusive Hitchcock, resulting in a style that is quite his own. His pace is deliberate, and information is doled out in subtle, measured proportions which affords the discerning viewer a chance to place the myriad pieces of the puzzle into proper order as the story unfolds. It's a mystery that refuses to let you off the hook, and demands that you think about what is actually going on without respite. To say that this is thought provoking material would be an understatement; it's an intricate story, the plot of which is complemented by equally complex characters who are detailed and extremely well written and developed. As he did in "The Sixth Sense," Bruce Willis proves once again that there is so more to him as an actor than being just an action hero. His portrayal of David Dunn, a man facing a transitional period in his life, is played with a staid countenance that successfully reflects the inner turmoil of the character. You know from the outset that there is something going on beneath the surface; something unsettling for which Dunn is seeking resolution. When he becomes the only survivor of a train wreck, it adds to the irresolution in his life as he is suddenly confronted with new issues that take him into still deeper, uncharted waters. Willis gives a performance that is understated with nuance and depth, and gives Dunn a sense of controlled distress with which the audience can readily identify; that unknown, intangible something that one can feel, yet which remains elusive and unnamed. It's a powerful statement that illustrates the thin line between reality and the surreal. Samuel L. Jackson gives a strong performance as well, as Elijah Price, victim of a congenital disease that renders his existence fragile in the extreme. It's a sympathetic character that somehow refutes sympathy; and Jackson has a presence that makes Elijah real and believable, which is pivotal, as his infirmity is integral to the plot, as is the fact that he and Dunn represent opposite ends of the vast spectrum of life. Effective in a lesser, yet still significant role, is Robin Wright Penn (Audrey Dunn), who fleshes out the disarray of a wife dealing with the emotional absence of her husband. The supporting cast includes Spencer Treat Clark (Joseph Dunn), Charlayne Woodard (Elijah's Mother) and, in a cameo, M. Night Shyamalan (Stadium Drug Dealer). With "Unbreakable," Shyamalan has taken up the gauntlet and emerged victorious, with an intelligent, entertaining film so profound that it will no doubt become one of the most under-appreciated films of all time. There is simply a depth to it that will soar beyond the grasp of the casual viewer; few films have such substance and vision. Like a Monet, this is art that is both impressionistic and invaluable; a true original in every aspect, and a testimony to the talents of M. Night Shyamalan."