Taken as a whole, Unbreakable, Split, and Glass, make a nice set of films. A somewhat grounded in the real world take on the superhero genre. I’m not sure M. Night Shyamalan intended to create a superhero cinematic universe when he made Unbreakable, but what he’s put together over these three films, for the most part, works. If you ignore the fact that YouTube, fake news, and cheap yet convincing visual effects, have been available to the general public now for many years. To go into more detail on that last statement would put me in spoiler territory, so I won’t elaborate. Go see the film, and you’ll know what I’m getting at.
Following the events in Split, Glass sees David Dunn (Bruce Willis) hunt down The Beast (one of James McAvoy’s many personas in this movie) only to get caught by Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) and sent to a psychiatric hospital. She believes David, The Beast, and Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) are suffering delusions of grandeur.
What follows is a kind of tug of war between the supposed real-world explanations of each man’s abilities by the good doctor, and the more fanciful notions of comic book law, preached by, Mr. Glass. It’s a debate that has some interesting moments, and performances from Paulson, Jackson, and especially McAvoy are decent. But it doesn’t hold up when you think back to the prior films. We did see The Beast actually do incredible things and change his physical appearance, and we did actually see David Dunn know things he couldn’t possibly know if it weren’t for his abilities. M. Night Shyamalan’s attempts to muddy the waters aren’t entirely successful, and the end of Glass doesn’t work in a modern ultra-connected, and skeptical world.
If you enjoyed Unbreakable and Split, you’ll likely get some enjoyment out of this film. It’s worth seeing for McAvoy’s performance alone. The films in this comic book universe have gotten steadily worse with each movie, but Glass is still worth the price of a ticket.
Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Screenplay by: M. Night Shyamalan
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 9 min.