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Unbreakable (2000)

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

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This suspense thriller unfolds as the audience is introduced to David Dunn. Not only is he the sole survivor of a horrific train-crash that killed 131 people he doesn't have a scratch on him. Elijah Price is an obscure character who approaches Dunn with a seemingly far fetched theory behind it all. Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including some disturbing violent content, and for a crude sexual reference | See all certifications »

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22 November 2000 (USA)  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,330,771 (USA) (24 November 2000)

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$94,999,143 (USA) (13 April 2001)
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Near the end of the movie, Samuel L. Jackson's character is sitting in his wheelchair below three comic book covers, Thor to the left, Daredevil to the right and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury was redesigned around this time in the image of Jackson, who went on to play him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, which co-star Thor. Although Daredevil has yet to appear in a movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has appeared in both his own self-titled series, and The Defenders (2017), which are television shows within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. See more »

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At several points they show comic book images which are supposed to be from the "silver age", the 1950s-1960s. However, the art displayed in them is not accurate for the period and is closer to the style predominant in the industry in the 1990s. See more »

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Elijah Price: Why is it, do you think, that of all the professions in the world you chose protection?
David Dunn: You are a very strange man.
Elijah Price: You could have been a tax accountant. You could have owned your own gym. You could have opened a chain of restaurants. You could've done of ten thousand things, but in the end, you chose to protect people. *You* made that decision, and I find that very, very interesting.
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Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)
(1951)
Written by Virgil F. Stewart (as V.F. ("Pappy") Stewart)
Performed by Solomon Burke
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Rich yet subtle
1 July 2001 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

My kudos to M. Night Shyamalan for proving the consistency of his moviemaking abilities. "Unbreakable" is a movie that is rich in both technical brilliance as well as script quality.

First, let me get my one objection for the movie off my chest. The ending could have been done better. The majority of the length of "Unbreakable" does an excellent job of building suspense, with the wonderfully muted, melancholy acting adding depth and tension to the plot. My problem is that it fails to live up to its own expectations; the ending does not consummate entirely what I expected it to. Somehow, in a movie that took painstaking details to illustrate every step and glance, concluding it in the manner that it did felt almost blasphemous. Maybe in a nameless action thriller it could be passed off as mere hackery. But here, it seems strangely out of place, kind of an enigma in itself...

Now that the ugly part is over with, I feel almost obligated to sing the praises of "Unbreakable". Shyamalan's prowess with photographic techniques and processes shows through in this, with rich reds and blacks given to scenes of moist emotion and colder colors dedicated to the bleak, uncaring (uncared for?) world. One technique I particularly liked was the manipulation of photographic mediums, some parts using crisp 35mm films and others using angry, shuttered magnetic (or 16mm?) film. In the end, it all worked very well, because each technique seemed to integrate seamlessly with the plot and mood (notice the confusion and panic at the very end?) "Traffic" is a good example of processing overdose. "Unbreakable", on the other hand, hones it perfectly. The lushness of this movie comes in close second to the wonderful eye candy of "American Beauty". I could watch it again easily... with the sound turned off!

On the more human side of the spectrum, the acting was wonderful. How nice it is to see Bruce Willis proving himself to be a true A-class actor! His unassuming and insecure behavior worked *perfectly* for this role. Samuel L. Jackson, like always, did a bang-up job with what the script gave him. Robin Wright and Spencer Clark's characters seemed a bit two dimensional, but they seemed to be minor roles compared to the prominence of Willis and Jackson's characters. A little character development would have been appreciated, but if the ending was a result of the time-constraint guillotine, then I would expect the developmental scenes to have gone too.

The thing that people seem to complain most about this movie is the plot. I like the premise. A little fantasy in our movies isn't such a bad thing once in a while, is it?


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