Something tells me M. Night Shyamalan had a bad
experience with water as a child. Between this and

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Bruce Willis as David Dunn

Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price

Robin Wright Penn as Audrey Dunn

Spencer Treat Clark as Joseph Dunn

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan

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A man is the sole survivor of a train crash, and he
doesn’t have a
scratch on him. Another man has a condition that
makes him very

High Point

The workout.

Low Point

Some of the early camera work.

The Scores

There have been attempts to make comics seem like the
real world in
comics, but this is the only one I know of that
really stayed grounded
on film. I give the originality 4 out of 6
for this style;
the actual content wasn’t anything new.

The effects were limited, although the arm
during the stair
accident was very well done. I can’t think of other
effects in the
movie. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was fairly well written. We’ve
got strong
characters once again, as well as a fairly well
developed plot. The
cameo was a loose thread left distractingly hanging.
I give it 5 out
of 6.

The acting was very good. Bruce Willis
played David very
well, and Spencer Treat Clark did an excellent job.
Shyamalan can
cast and direct his actors very well. I give it 6
out of 6.

The emotional response was, for me, stronger
than it was for
other Shyamalan films, partly because this is the one
with a “twist” I
didn’t see. (It sounds like most saw this one
coming, but missed the
twist in The Sixth Sense. For me, it was
the other way
around. I also predicted Signs, and haven’t
yet seen The
.) I think my own interest in comic
books helped that
along, too. Some of the individual moments were very
entertaining, as
well. The workout scene, the school nurse scene, and
the train
station scene (with its consequences) were very
resonant for me. They
go a long way to overcoming my irritation at some of
the camera work.
I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was overdone. The music was
fantastic, as was
the sound in general (like the moment in which David
“tunes out” the
world after bumping the guy with the gun), but the
cameras were
irritating. I like an active camera, but when it
serves a purpose.
Just panning by David when he’s talking to Elijah, or
dizzily circling
around the characters in the hospital it just a
distraction that draws
attention to the camera itself, and not the images
it’s capturing. It
really made it hard to get absorbed early on. I give
it 3 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good movie, but it does show
signs of
experimentation and growth with a good director who
should have
checked his dailies more often and reshot some
scenes. I give it 4
out of 6.

In total, Unbreakable receives 31 out of 42.