Nineteen years ago, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson initiated their roles of David Dunn, (Willis) an ordinary guy with super powers and Elijah Price, a brainiac/philosopher/mass murderer.
They appeared together in Unbreakable.
The Price character has an ailment diametrically opposite to the super healing and strength of David Dunn.
Elijah Price has extremely fragile bones.
It is as if they are made of Glass.
The two antagonists reunite in a nut house that also houses Kevin Crumb, a one man horror story with 24 personalities.
James McAvoy starred in Split which introduced his character to the bizarre and disturbing world invented by M. Night Shyamalan, the director of both Unbreakable and Split.
McAvoy turns characters of wildly different personalities, ages and even different genders on and off in a blink. I don't know how in the world he can do that so very well, so believably.
Glass completes the trilogy that M. Night Shyamalan began in 2000 with Unbreakable and extended with Split. He directed, wrote and produced Glass. For good or bad, it is all his show. He also wrote and directed both Split and Unbreakable. Both films gained smashing success at the box office.
In supporting roles Charlayne Woodard and Spencer Treat Clark each reprise their roles in the 2000 prequel Unbreakable. Anya Taylor-Joy does the same, returning to her role in Split. She must be mentioned for the quality of her acting. Sarah Paulson has a strong performance as a psychiatrist.
Glass is the masterpiece that fans of M. Night Shyamalan have long expected or at least hoped for. I went into the theater anticipating a well done horror fest with girl captives held by a psychopath, with a sort of super hero every man as the rescuer. What I got instead stunned me. I left the theater gob smacked. With Shyamalan we expect an off center, odd experience. I did not expect monumental, mythic storytelling. This brings a new look at the way we think of superheros.
It helps to set the mood that the entire sound track oozes dread.
Glass runs for an above average two hours and 9 minutes. The PG-13, four saw blade, movie has loads of violence and some very intense scenes so please leave the little ones with a sitter this time. Made on a tiny budget of $20 million this will become a giant commercial success. People like to be freaked out.
Watch the credits for a new thing. James McAvoy gets a credit for each of the multiple personalities that he plays.
Fun Fact- Charlayne Woodard plays the mother of the character played by Samuel L. Jackson. In real life Jackson is five years the senior. Hollywood make up magic does it again.