by Armando Vanegas
M. Night Shyamalan is known for doing two things: taking risks and disappointing people with said risks. But more often than not, his hits and his misses can be interesting to vastly varying degrees. Honestly, I don’t know if I would’ve been as interested to see his new movie Glass if I didn’t see such a mixed reaction on it just because of how strong the reaction varied from masterpiece to complete dumpster fire. I even remember seeing one of his previous movies,The Village, having more or less the same kind of reaction and watching that movie is quite a ride. While it’s not a masterpiece, it was still compelling despite knowing the reveal because at least Shyamalan took chances with the material. But Glass has the advantage of being a sort of sequel to Unbreakable, a movie I remember really enjoying. Hopefully, this will mean Bruce Willis is going to decide to give a shit this time around. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Split and it seems like this is going to be a significant part of this sort of Unbreakable sequel, but the trailer looked interesting and the mixed reviews had me intrigued so let’s see.
by Kevin Muller
Almost 19 years ago, M. Night Shyamalan, followed up his critical, and hugely successful, The Sixth Sense, with a film called Unbreakable. It divided audiences with its serious approach that it took to the comic book lore. Some thought it was pretentious dribble, while others thought it had such brilliance and approached medium in a unique way. For years, Shyamalan teased a sequel to it, but nothing ever developed. Instead, he produced a decade of films that both flopped and were hated by audiences. No one will be able to imagine mother nature and Mark Wahlberg together without laughing. Then, in 2017, he gave us a new film called Split. It was about a group of girls being abducted by a mad man with multiple personalities, named Kevin Wendell Crumb, or the Horde, who were trying to escape before it was too late. James McAvoy, brilliantly played the antagonist, and it seemed that Shyamalan remembered how to direct a masterful thriller. Then, the ending happened, and you could hear the collective gasps from everyone as it was revealed that this was the sequel to Unbreakable that we had been waiting for. As Bruce Willis’s character, David Dunn, sat at a diner counter top with the theme song from the original film, he now understood that the city of Philadelphia had to be protected, and he had to take down this new threat. After all these years, was it worth the wait?