This movie is the long-awaited finale to the previous superhero-themed M. Night Shyamalan movies "Unbreakable" and "Split". And storytelling-wise this movie sits somewhere in the middle. It's not as good as "Unbreakable" but it is better than "Split". Just to be perfectly clear about it, this is not exactly the finale I was envisioning.
It seemed rather slow in the beginning. Pacing-wise we were constantly teased with the foreshadowing of what is about to happen; "the clash" of the protagonists. And then when it finally happened I couldn't help but feel a little underwhelmed. I mean, the movie consists almost entirely of torture scenes. You could literally comprise the movie in one sentence like so; "the protagonists get tortured and then they escape and die".
And to be quite frank I don't quite get why that woman was torturing the protagonists at all. It didn't make any sense in my humble opinion. I mean, what exactly was the organization gaining by mentally torturing superheroes before killing them? Nothing. They could've just killed them right away and get on with it. That would've been more efficient aka economically viable than toying with them. It's almost a deal-breaker for me. I mean, it's not like I can't stomach torture scenes but if you're going to torture someone you have to make it seem believable. This just made no sense whatsoever. Sorry.
As I alluded earlier the end was a little disappointing in my humble opinion. Yes, it made more sense this way but I honestly thought that the final showdown of the protagonists would result in Dunn's son realizing that he has superpowers too ergo him becoming "Whispererman". I mean, he picked up a comic at the comic book store after his father died which was titled "Whispererman". I don't know, maybe I'm just overthinking it. Or maybe M. Night Shyamalan's next movie is going to be titled Whispererman and that scene was just a foreshadowing of what is yet to come. Who knows?
Unbreakable is one of my favorite movies and I don't think this was a worthy end for the protagonists. I mean, I kinda started to like these guys and then they get killed. What the hell?!