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My first post-SHITFEST post… : ( SNIFF… that was so much fun… someone get me a tissue….
I went and saw this in the theater on a date with the pre-wife wife and when I came out of there I was blown away by how much I liked it and felt attached to The Security Guard and his silent, melancholy hero who doesn’t even want to be one. I have regarded this thing in very high esteem and considered it one of my favorite movies. I can’t believe it’s been thirteen years since I’ve seen this but I gave it a watch the other week and came away with a different feeling about it. I still think it’s a very well made movie with great camera work, nicely done acting, good characters and all of that, but this time around I found some flaws that were – well – kind of irritating… I don’t know if that gets a : ( or not but… spoilers to come!
I can’t imagine that anyone HASN’T seen this except for maybe Misty or Kim but, if you’re not familiar with this: M. Knight Shyamalanaboomboom followed up his brilliant THE SIXTH SENSE with this (and then made a couple of decent movies before he started making HORSESHIT for a living). My man Bruce Willis is David Dunn, security guard, who is on a train on his way back from New York when it derails and he is the only survivor. And he doesn’t even have a scratch on him. Soon he gets a note from a strange character played by Sammy Jackson whose bones break at the slightest touch. Jackson thinks Dunn is the opposite of himself; Jackson is “breakable” and Dunn is “unbreakable”. The rest of the movie is Dunn discovering the hero within himself.
YADA YADA BLAH BLAH – OK SPOILERS
So… let’s address what bothered me this time around…. and don’t forget, I like this movie, just not as much as the last time around.
1) If water is his his big weakness… how does he take a bath or shower??? What does he drink??? You have to drink water some time. The body NEEDS it.
2) So he set those kids free and they just decided to hang around in the rain? Instead of say, calling the cops? Pretty convenient to be there when he falls in that pool.
3) If he’s so strong and can bench 500+ pounds, why did it take him a good two minutes to *choke* that guy into submission? I think he could have just slapped him on the back of his head and knocked him clean the fuck out.
And what’s up with Samuel Jackson’s hairdo? Also – you’d think if Mr. Glass was that brittle he would have broken into a zillion pieces when he fell down those stairs. Oh well…. I still like it, it’s just now I seem to have found some holes. In any case, that scene toward the end when he shows his kid that newspaper clipping and you can just see how amazed and proud and sincerely happy he is about his dad – it’s gotten me misty eyed twice….
I also just watched THE SIXTH SENSE and THE VILLAGE (which I also liked) and have to say that UNBREAKABLE is, to me, easily Shyamalanamammajam’s best movie.
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