Unbreakable
There was a time when the film industry thought M. Night Shyamalan was Hollywood’s next Spielberg.  He had just created one of the greatest “twist-ending” movies ever in The Sixth Sense.  He then followed it up with Unbreakable, a film starring Bruce Willis as a man with in-ordinary  power but doesn’t realize it and Samuel L. Jackson, the man who realizes what is deep inside Willis’ character, and brings it out in him.

Unbreakable starts off with Bruce Willis’ character, David Dunn, on a train to Philadelphia from New York.  He’s traveling by himself and is coming back from a job interview.  The train derails, David wakes up in the hospital and is told he is the only survivor from the crash.  This leads Jackson’s character, Elijah Price, to inquire about David’s health and if he’s ever been sick in his life.  Come to find out that David has never been sick, never had a broken bone, he’s unusually healthy.  Price comes up with this insane idea that David is “superhuman” and suggests that he could be a “superhero.”  David scoffs at the idea but his son, Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark), gets caught up in thinking that his father may be a living “superhero.”

Unbreakable is one of those movies that blends reality with fictional ideas and it makes you question if something like what M. Night is suggesting in the movie is possible?  Could there be two ends of the health spectrum?  If there is someone with Multiple Scelrosis couldn’t there be someone with “super human” strength?

Bruce Willis is perfect for the roll of a guy who is having marital problems, is detached from his son, and doesn’t know what is up from down.  However, he does know that there is something unbelievable inside of him and the transformation that takes place throughout the movie in his demeanor is one to watch.  Samuel L. Jackson’s character of Elijah Price is also perfectly cast.  Price is a disheveled man who’s health condition confines him to walk with a cane and throughout the movie, confines him to a wheelchair.  Both Willis and Jackson play off each other incredibly well, they were excellent together in Die Hard: With A Vengeance, so there is some natural chemistry there.

Altogether, Unbreakable is one of those movies that makes you question if the plot in said film is really that far fetched or could things like that really exist?  M. Night Shyamalan may have run out of gas looking back at things, but there’s no denying he scored here.  I won’t ask what happened to him as a director but simply ask that he return to his roots of great story writing, the world needs more tales like Unbreakable.