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Unbreakable
(2000)
Reviewed by Bob Currie
Rating: 6 Beans

nbreakable" is the new film by M. Night Shyamalan, the brains behind "The Sixth Sense". Like its predecessor, "Unbreakable" has some surprises that are best left undisclosed, especially if M hopes for the box office bonanza he enjoyed his first time out. To that point, if you intend to see "Unbreakable" no matter what you're best off knowing as little as possible (by that I don't mean you need to be as empty headed as, say, a geeky comic book fan) so do not read the rest of this review. However, if you're on the fence about seeing it, or if you just want to ruin it for your friends without having to spend $8 and 2 hours, read onů

In this SLOWLY evolving story, Samuel L. Jackson is a brittle-boned comic book dealer who contacts Bruce Willis, the sole survivor of a train wreck. Bruce is a lowly security guard who is not only Amtrak-proof, but he's also never had an injury, illness or disorder of any kind, other than male pattern baldness. It turns out that Bruce is a superhero, but he just doesn't know it, or dress like it. He eventually learns that he has enormous strength, can tell who's naughty or nice by bumping into them, but has a real problem with water. He's unbreakable, not unsinkable, you see. He eventually dons a rain poncho, saves some girls from a psycho -rapist, and learns the awful truth about his arch nemesis.

"Unbreakable" is a somber wet-dream for comic book fans who've been insulted by the campy, homo-erotic or just plain moronic comic book adaptations Hollywood has produced. The problem is that taking a naturalistic approach to the subject matter makes this superhero very un-super. In shunning special effects and unfolding the story in a very mundane milieu Shyamalan is trying to create a myth while simultaneously de-mythologizing the genre. It's an interesting approach on one level, but it doesn't make for an entertaining cinematic experience. The "surprise" ending is logically consistent with the rest of the movie, but leaves the door open for a sequel that would be, dare I say it, "Unwatchable". On the plus side, we didn't have to see Bruce in tights.






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