TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 23, 2018
Not long after making 2000's Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan tanked his career with a series of derivative films that hinged on some pretty mind-numbingly stupid twists. It's fitting, then, that he was able to revive his career by making a secret sequel to the film with 2017's Split. Even more remarkable is that he's now managed to bring the three main characters from those two films together for next year's Glass.
Taking its title from the name Samuel L. Jackson gave himself at the end of Unbreakable, Glass brings Jackson's character back into contact with Bruce Willis' David Dunn as well as James McAvoy's Kevin from Split. The three are under the care of Sarah Paulson's Dr. Ellie Staple, a woman who seeks to show people who think they have super powers that they are not, in fact, special, but suffer from something much closer to what society would deem delusion.
It's an interesting take on the superhero film, something long overdue from a genre that just seems to endlessly repeat itself. Shyamalan has made his fair share of dreck, but I think he's back on solid ground here with a film he's clearly been thinking about making for years. I don't know that I trust Bruce Willis to actually engage with material again, though. He's been on cruise control for so long, he simply seems to have forgotten how to be a decent actor.
But McAvoy and Jackson teaming up to take down his somnambulant ass might be worth the price of admission all by itself. We'll find out for sure when Glass hits theaters on January 18.