- 1 hr 47 min
Unbreakable is a 2000 American psychological superhero thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. The movie stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a man who discovers he has superhuman abilities and Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, a man with a rare disease which causes his bones to break easily. Robin Wright stars as David's wife, Audrey Dunn.
The movie begins with a train crash that kills every passenger except one, David Dunn. He emerges from the wreckage without a scratch and is the sole survivor of the crash. He begins to have visions of crimes being committed around him, and as he digs deeper, he realizes that he has the ability to sense the crimes that others commit. He seeks the help of a comic book art dealer, Elijah Price, who has been searching for someone like David his entire life.
As David comes to terms with his newfound ability, he begins to test his limits, discovering that he is nearly indestructible. Elijah, who has a rare disease that causes his bones to break easily, believes himself to be David's opposite, as David is unbreakable while Elijah is extremely breakable. The two men begin a slow and complicated dance as they explore their respective abilities and limitations.
The two are drawn into a confrontation when Elijah realizes that David may be more than just a man with superhuman strength. Elijah's quest for meaning and purpose in his life has driven him to commit crimes to find someone to match his own abilities, and David may be the answer. David, however, is hesitant to embrace this role, fearing that he may become too much of a superhero.
Throughout the movie, we get glimpses of David's relationship with his wife Audrey, who struggles to maintain the balance between her supportive role as David's wife and her own desire for him to live a normal life. We also see Elijah's complicated history with his mother and the impact it had on his life.
The film is beautifully shot and directed, with M. Night Shyamalan's signature slow-burn style building tension as David and Elijah circle each other. Bruce Willis is terrific as David, conveying his reluctance and vulnerability with great subtlety. Samuel L. Jackson is equally strong as Elijah, who is at once creepy and tragic. Robin Wright is excellent as Audrey, giving us glimpses of the loneliness and desperation that her character experiences as she tries to hold her family together.
The themes of the movie are explored deeply and thoughtfully. The idea of ordinary people with extraordinary abilities is an interesting one, and the film examines the idea of whether or not we should embrace our own power or try to live a normal life. The film also delves into the idea of the hero's journey and the impact that heroism can have on those around us.
Overall, Unbreakable is an excellent film that explores some big themes in a thoughtful and engaging way. The performances are terrific, and the direction is masterful. While it may not be as well-known as other superhero films, it is certainly worth watching for fans of the genre and those who are interested in exploring the themes of heroism, power, and vulnerability.
Unbreakable is a 2000 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 62.