My List: Unbreakable (2000)

Rating: 9.5/10

After surviving a horrible accident as the sole survivor, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is approached by a strange man with brittle bone disease, Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) who explains to David that he believes he might have super powers.

This movie came out at a time when comic books weren’t really being adapted into film. Batman & Robin had kind of killed DC movies from coming out for a while, and though Blade had a decent run, nobody was really taking Marvel-based movies seriously. This stands out as something other than those types of films and coming at a time when people really weren’t willing to give comics a chance, what we have here is an origin story unlike any other. True it’s similar to some, if you read comics, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a horror-superhero movie except for this one, at least not one that really does either genre justice. This movie though stands out as something that is truly unique.

M. Night Shyamalan is truly a genius when it comes to directing his shots. Here he shows off his chops as doing something that’s not like anyone else in the same business. I love watching his angles, pans, zooms, and shots as he presents this story to us in a way that shows his expertise along with his own ability to pull the audience in and keep one invested in a somewhat slow-paced movie otherwise. This bothers some about this movie, but it’s never bothered me.

Why it’s on my list: Like I say above, it’s a trully unique experience unlike any other. If you like comics and horror, then definitely check it out.

SCORING:

+7.5: Very entertaining

+1: Great scenes and pacing, truly draws you in

+1: Truly unique way to present a story of this nature

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