If you’ve watched Unbreakable back in 2000 and Split in 2016, then you should be bothered if you haven’t seen Glass. It is, after all, the third and last installment of the Unbreakable trilogy by the one and only M. Night Shyamalan.
The three are written, produced, and directed by Shyamalan himself, along with Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock, and Ashwin Rajan as co-producers. Both Unbreakable and Split has acclaimed positive reviews and has set Shyamalan high up, with a lot of critics saying that this could be his glorious return as glorified writer and filmmaker. Glass will tackle the remaining mysteries that cloud the previous two movies.
A full closure is what’s in store for all the major characters introduced in the three films. These include Bruce Willis’ David Dunn and James McAvoy’s Kevin Crumb. Old cast from both movies, Anya Taylor Joy as Casey Cooke (Split, 2016), Spencer Treat Clark (Unbreakable, 2000), and Charlayne Woodard as Mrs. Price (Unbreakable, 2000), joins them as well. Newcomer Sarah Paulson plays Dr. Ellie Staple, a mysterious psychiatrist who “treats” patients who believe they have superhuman powers and intelligence. She is then joined by Adam David Thompson as Daryl (psych ward employee) and Luke Kirby as Pierce (Mr. Glass’ caretaker at the facility).
The film basically starts three weeks after Kevin Crumb’s rampage and ongoing carnage as The Beast. If you remember, Kevin Crumb is the Split antagonist, a man with 24 personalities, one of which includes a murdering machine they call The Beast. Unfortunately, Kevin doesn’t have much say on the matter. After all, his more nasty personas – those he developed when his mom started torturing him as a kid – always overrides his original personality. He is referred to as ‘The Horde’ with his many personalities depicting different people.
With Kevin’s rampage ongoing, David Dunn sets out to help those who need him and to end The Beast’s streak. When Crumb’s Dennis persona kidnaps four cheerleaders after using his ability called extrasensory perception, he finds himself rescuing them. He stumbles upon Kevin in the process, this time, as Hedwig, the 9-year-old who is also part of Kevin’s many personas. After releasing the captives, The Beast attacks Dunn and a fight ensues. The Philadelphia Police Department then sets off a machine of hypnotic lights, disarming both of them that led to their arrest.
The two find themselves in a psychiatric ward, this time joined by the one and only, Elijah Price a.k.a. Mr. Glass. At this point, Glass seems to show a lot of interest in Kevin especially with his more dangerous persona, The Beast. Dr. Ellie Staple, who specializes in treating patients who think they have superhuman abilities, then joins them. Later on, with Glass’ intelligence and perseverance, the three managed to escape, setting Dr. Staple on a hunt.
Later on, Dunn and The Beast face each other again. Neither wants to lose but circumstances arise and all three characters, including Glass, face death. The most important reveal isn’t just their true characteristics, but something much deeper and more gruesome.
As event after event sets in the film – discovering weaknesses and solving mysteries – viewers will remain more and more curious. Who is the real villain and who is the real hero?
‘Glass’ captures a film essence that rises beyond special effects and amazing action sequences. It leaves the audience asking questions but not ultimately confused. It’s as if the answer is there but it really isn’t. The film had the closure we all needed but also sparks more interest. ‘Glass’ is something you should never miss!