Unbreakable (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi


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A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.

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  • Bruce Willis, starring as David Dunn, on the train that will change his life - Photo Credit: Frank Masi. S.M.P.S.P.
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable (2000)
  • Audrey meets David as he leaves the hospital - Photo Credit: Frank Masi. S.M.P.S.P.
  • Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in Unbreakable (2000)
  • David discusses Elijah's theory - Photo Credit: Frank Masi. S.M.P.S.P.
  • David & Elijah - Photo Credit: Frank Masi. S.M.P.S.P.

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16 July 2001 | mikecalla
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| a consummate clinic in directing,etc.
M. Night Shyamalan seems to be proving himself quite the auteur. Unbreakable was the cinematic experience I had hoped it would be, especially after The Sixth Sense. A quiet sense of wonder permeated each and every scene, accomplished with some of the finest cinematography I've seen in the last couple of years. Director of Photography Eduardo Serra's execution is subtle, understated and absolutely beautiful.

Cinematography legend Greg Toland of Citizen Kane and The Grapes of Wrath fame would be proud of what this film accomplished artistically. I also couldn't help but notice all the long camera takes this film had, reminding me of a few Woody Allen films that let the actors act without the intrusion of the film making process, i.e.; getting a scene covered from multiple and sometimes meaningless camera angles just so the director and editor have something to work with in post production. The characters seem at times to be acting for the benefit of the others on screen rather than "us", the audience, lending a quality of voyeurism to quite a few scenes. The directors intent is quite clear to anyone wishing to delve a little bit deeper into the story and characters while appreciating how such a vision came to breath on film.

With regards to the story, Mr. Shyamalan and his crew have constructed something so rich in visual texture while managing to keep the story subdued and character development full of deep-seated anticipation. Every plot point came perfectly without any extra connotations that usually creep into a story such as this (super heroes?). Without any melodrama both Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson give very authentic performances that help the film keep its "Any Town USA" and "Average Joe Six-pack" feel very much alive.

By virtue of ingenuity and most likely a meticulous preproduction period, Unbreakable manages to be a consummate clinic in directing, writing, acting, and cinematography. One of the best movies in the past decade.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan always had Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in mind to play the roles of David Dunn and Elijah Price.


Quotes

Audrey Dunn: No shooting friends, Joseph!


Goofs

At the end of the movie, after it's revealed who Elijah is, the camera pans across his desk showing his research. One of the large newspaper headlines reads "Mudslide in Mexico: Kills All 'Expect' Newborn"....it should read "Kills All 'Except' Newborn".


Crazy Credits

In Memory of Elizabeth Lawrence


Alternate Versions

Several deleted scenes are included in the DVD: They include:

  • Audrey and Joseph sitting in the hospital waiting room, awaiting information about if David survived. She tries to cheer him up by buying him all the sugary foods and drink he usually can't have.
  • A scene showing TV footage of the wreck, while through the cracked open door we see someone in the shower. The scene cuts into the shower and we see David crying.
  • Elijah at age 7 goes to the fair and gets on a spinning teacup ride. He uses two stuffed animals to hold himself in place, and wraps his jacket along the lap bar. Eventully, the animals and jacket fall off the ride as his mother watches in horror. He then goes swinging from side to side breaking his bones.
  • After the wake, David sees a priest about his survival. The priest sets his priesthood aside to tell David that it was nothing but luck, and how he had a nephew on that train that died. He also tells of other tragedies he had, and that if David was looking for some kind of miracle answer, he won't find it from him.
  • Audrey calls David pretending it's their first meeting and asks him to dinner. They go out and talk, when one of Audrey's friends comes in and says how David is cute and what kind of lawyer he is. The friend realizes that shouldn't have been said, and leaves while David becomes a bit upset.
  • David checking on Joseph to make sure he is sleeping okay.
  • Elijah is taken away by doctors after talking to Audrey.
  • David goes to the locker room at the stadium to lift more weights and lifts around 500 pounds. When he gets up, he sees the entire football team watching in awe.


Soundtracks

Lotus Blossom
(1962)
Written by
Billy Strayhorn
Performed by Fred Hersch
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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