Unbreakable is a movie about the relationship between Elijah Price, a man born with glass bones, and David Dunn, a man who discovers he’s indestructible through the course of the film.
Look, okay, this is a really good movie. It’s “Forgive The Last Airbender” good. It’s hard to even fathom that The Last Airbender and Unbreakable are made by the same guy. The movie’s premise is basically, “What if Superman was Superman, but also a distracted idiot.” I mean that in a good way. What would happen if Superman didn’t realize he had superpowers until somebody told him he does to his face?
So here’s how the movie starts: with Shyamalan showing off. It takes one scene to squeeze the essence of a guy into something more real than your depressive alcoholism. You see David Dunn, and how he interacts with children, how a married man tries to hit on a pretty girl, and how subdued he is after a bad job interview. The scene uses train chair to segment the screen like your girlfriend uses Xanax to convince herself everything’s okay. That’s to say, really well. You already start getting a comic book vibe from this. Anybody remember how the 2003 Hulk movie tried to assault you by making the movie seem…comic booky? Here’s a video to show you what I mean:
Well, Unbreakable is how you do that the right way. Everything seems contained like it would in a comic book, but not in an over the top way like it did in Hulk. That’s something that fits in really well with the themes in the movie.
Another style borrowed from comic books is the shrine to color coordination that this movie builds. David Dunn is green, Elijah Price is Purple, the bad guy that one time is Orange. The characters being showcased have colors assigned to them that aligns with how comic books portray characters. This is a comic book movie without any source material, made when comic book movies weren’t something that people drowned in.
Be warned, spoilers be ahead.
The ending of the movie was disappointing to a lot of critics, just as their job description was to their parents. The big Shyamalan twist ending wasn’t as surprising as the one at the end of Sixth Sense, but that’s hardly the only metric you can use to judge a movie. There are bits and pieces that I don’t quite get though. Like for example, why did Elijah want David to know what he did? Yeah okay, what exactly was the plan? You tell him everything and not go to prison for it? He basically surrendered. Why would he put in so much effort into creating an arch nemesis if the entire point was to surrender at the end of it anyways? Dunn could’ve touched him and found out that his passionate friend is actually just straight cancer, why did the guy have to admit to everything just when things had gotten to where he wanted them to be. It’s not like his crimes were minor and he’d be out in a year or two. He did badass terroristy things. Weird things. What’s the point?
The ending didn’t condemn the movie though, it was still a good watch. I’d definitely recommend getting wasted and rewatching it sometime if you’ve already seen it.