M. Night Shyamalan brings together two of his standout original films—Unbreakable and Split— in this explosive comic book thriller. Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman figure, The Beast (James McAvoy), in a series of escalating encounters. Price, armed with secrets critical to both men, emerges as a shadowy orchestrator.
A ReelView™ Review
The best element of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2017 horror film, Split – and one of the few things it did right – happened at the very end. The brief, surprising reveal of Bruce Willis reprising his David Dunn character from Unbreakable created a shared universe that Shyamalan was all-too-eager to exploit. Unfortunately, there’s a wide gulf between teasing fans with a momentary appearance and building a story around it. Glass, the third film in what has become a trilogy, comes across as a mix of half-formed ideas baked into an uneven casserole. Overlong, talky, filled with meta references, and with a strangely low-energy tone, the movie never fully gels.
To give Shyamalan credit, he’s not content to do a paint-by-numbers comic book movie but his ambitions exceed his abilities. In trying to develop themes about the differences between fantasy and reality and create a “grounded” superhero movie, he adds in characters who are either tangential, boring, or both. The interplay among the three leads – James McAvoy’s The Beast, Willis’ Dunn, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass – is disappointingly perfunctory. McAvoy and Willis spend some time pounding on each other but, beyond that, there isn’t much. Dunn and Mr. Glass have minimal interaction and, although Glass spends some time with The Beast, it’s not especially meaningful.
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- Director: M. Night Shyamalan
- Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
- Country: USA
- Production Year: 2019
- Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc + 1 DVD
- Region: A
- Run Time: 129 minutes
- Formats: Color; 2.39:1
- Audio: English, Spanish, French
- Subtitle: English, Spanish, French
- Studio: Universal Studios
- Includes Blu-ray, DVD and a digital copy of Glass (Subject to expiration. Go to NBCUCodes.com for details.)
- Alternate Opening
- Deleted Scenes
- The Collection of Main Characters
- A Conversation with James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan
- Bringing the Team Back Together
- David Dunn vs. The Beast
- Glass Decoded
- Breaking Glass: The Stunts
- Connecting the Glass Universe
- M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens
- The Sound of Glass
- Enhancing the Spectacle
- Raven Hill Memorial
- Night Vision
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