M Night Shyamalan Shatters Minds With A New Thriller

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M Night Shyamalan Shatters Minds With A New Thriller

Photo courtesy of Stephen C. Poland

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Photo courtesy of Stephen C. Poland

Toni Poland, Reporter

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In ‘Glass’, the third in a this series, Shyamalan unites characters from ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’. ‘Unbreakable’ introduced Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), a dangerous mastermind convinced that comic book characters are exaggerated versions of real people. He introduces this theory to David Dunn (Bruce Willis) because he believes that David is one such character. He also believes David has been sent for a purpose. The second film, ‘Split’, follows the life of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) as he struggles to control all of his personalities, especially ‘the Beast’.

These three characters are thrown together in ‘Glass’ when they are put in an institution. Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) is sent to convince these individuals that their ‘superpowers’ are not real, and that it is all in their minds. However, Elijah is sure of his comic book theory and is determined to convince the rest of the world as well. He recruits Kevin to join his plan to expose the superheroes and supervillains to the world. When David catches wind of their plan after they escape, he sets out to stop them. What unfolds next is an explosion of action as the fight between the “good” and the “evil” ensues.

The acting done by Jackson, Willis, McAvoy, and Paulson creates a truly exciting movie. McAvoy does an especially amazing job when his character is switching between. different identities. His posture and dialects truly embody multiple people.

Despite the action sequences, the comic book angle becomes a little far-fetched as the movie steps away from the characters’ realism and focuses instead on their portrayal as superheroes and supervillains. However, this still creates for an intriguing turn of events and plotline. The end of the movie reveals a glimpse of the true intention of Dr. Ellie Staple.

M Night Shyamalan creates entrancing action sequences and a unique vision that keeps audiences wanting more. This movie is worth seeing especially if you enjoy action and thrillers. Also, look out for my uncle, Stephen C. Poland, who has a small cameo at the end of the movie. 

Running Time: 2 hr 9 min

Rating: PG-13

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