Time: 106 mins.
I have to start this review by saying that those of you who were wowed by Night's first major studio picture THE SIXTH SENSE, may or may not be so impressed with UNBREAKABLE. Night is a unique and impressive storyteller with an amazing visual style, which he proved with SENSE and has carried over to his second mainstream endeavor. The fact that the press has managed to not ruin this film by giving away what it is truly about, clearly shows the respect they have for him as a filmmaker and modern storyteller. It's also because, though the film does have a somewhat surprise ending, it's not the same kind of visceral shock as in SIXTH SENSE. I know that if people knew what the main focus of the story was, they probably would consider it hokey and unbelievable and therefore not worth their time.
UNBREAKABLE is first class, solid storytelling from start to finish. I may not have liked where it ended up, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have gone there. The fact that the trailer tells you almost nothing about the film is a very good thing. Night needs you to be intrigued and interested in his mystery without having any preconceived notions about what the mystery will be unravelled to be. He has a great visual style and way with actors that allows him to create completely different worlds and for me that's more than worth the price of admission. There aren't many films out there that use the medium to its' fullest and I have a feeling Night's work will be interesting for years to come. At least that's my hope.
Now about the story. I'm going to try to intrigue you without giving away too much about the secret driving this movie. It's not about dead people, nor is the mystery anything as dramatic as all that. UNBREAKABLE is a film that needs time to unravel and the pacing and direction are completely different from SIXTH, though the feeling is just as dark. Bruce Willis plays David Dunn, a security guard whose marriage is falling apart and who feels his life is going nowhere. That is until he becomes the sole survivor of a major train wreck. What's strange isn't that he survives, it's that he's completely unharmed. How could that be? It's this notion that drives the rest of the film as David sets out on a mission of self-discovery, aided by his 12-year-old son Joseph (Clark) and an African American, comic book collector named Elijah (Jackson). It's Elijah who pushes David to figure out who or what he really is. Mainly, because he believes they're cut from the same cloth, only from different ends. It seems David is "unbreakable", whereas Elijah's body is as easy to break as glass.