The year 2000 was a good year for movies. It was the release of plenty of unforgettable films, one of these being M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. This American superhero film is the first installment of the three in the Unbreakable trilogy. It is written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, Robin Wright Penn as Audrey Dunn, and Spencer Treat Clark as Joseph Dunn. Other prominent actors like Charlayne Woodard (Mrs. Price), Eamonn Walker (Dr. Mathison), Leslie Stefanson (Kelly), and many more joins them on set.
The film, although being depicted as a superhero movie, also manages to add a thrilling and psychological aspect. M. Night Shyamalan definitely knows how to work in between the genres and making the viewers feel especially curious as to how things would end up. Ultimately, the film follows the journey of David Dunn, a security guard, who survives a horrible train crash unscathed. He also ends up as the sole survivor of that horrific accident. He then realizes somewhere in the movie that he’s basically ‘invincible’. This prompts him to uncover the truth about his predicament. Later, he gets to meet a mysterious individual called Mr. Glass.
Who is David Dunn?
David Dunn seems like your typical protagonist whose life changed forever when he and his wife got married after getting into a vehicular accident. This made him quit football altogether, abandoning his chance at American Football. Fast forward to the present, his life with his wife is nothing but antagonizing which is unfortunate for his son, Joseph. He tries to take on another job and on his way home from a job interview, the train he was in crashes, killing all passengers onboard, leaving Dunn to be the only survivor. He sustained no injuries, much to his confusion. This seems to spark the interest of a certain someone.
At the memorial service, it was Elijah Price who left his card with a logo of his art gallery. This prompts David and Audrey to check it out. There they meet Elijah, otherwise known as Mr. Glass, where he explains to them why this certain incident has happened to David. He knowingly shares with them his thoughts. Elijah also tells them that David is someone superheroes from comic books are modeled from. He tries to figure out more about David’s past, whether he was once in an accident or was gravely ill at some point.
Elijah Price’s Role
Of course, as interesting as Dunn’s story is, Mr. Glass is a vital piece of character in the movie as he ends up being sort of the villain. His story goes all the way to 1961, the year he was born as Elijah Price. At that moment, he was immediately diagnosed with a rare disease. This disease made his bones extremely brittle and easily prone to fractures. With his Type 1 Osteogenesis Imperfecta being irreversible, he earned the name Mr. Glass. Although the name was used to bully him back when he was young, he embraces it and makes it his strength.
Unbreakable continues to follow Dunn’s story as he uncovers more of his abilities. One ability allows him to glimpse a person’s criminal act when he touches them slightly. Another ability of his is ‘extrasensory perception’, which is the instinct to pick out dangerous people. With his superhuman strength and abilities, David ends up fighting crime, with his son calling him an actual superhero, in which he contradicts by telling him that he’s just an ordinary man.
Of course, the ending isn’t what you call predictable. It would turn out that Mr. Glass’ role in this movie is beyond pivotal. As David shakes Elijah’s hand, he sees the many criminal acts that Elijah has done including terrorism that resulted in plenty of deaths – this includes the train accident that David was in. He has orchestrated all of this in order to find David, finally revealing in the end that he knows now what he is meant to play: the villain to David’s superhero.