M. Night Shyamlan ends his Unbreakable trilogy after 19 years with Glass. Find out what we thought in our full Glass Review!
|Release Date||Theatrical: 1/18/2019 Digital: 4/2/2019 Physical: 4/16/2019|
|Director||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Cast||Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson|
*A copy of this film was provided to FYIG by Universal Pictures for review purposes*
I was one of the people who didn’t see Unbreakable when it first came out so I wasn’t familiar with Split being a sequel to that movie until after I saw that one. I’m sure plenty of people went into Glass thinking the same thing not realizing it is the end of the trilogy. They’re all relatively different movies that are woven together to create a pretty intricate over-arching story. Unbreakable focused on Bruce Willis and his invincible security guard character David Dunn, Split focused on James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb split-personalities, and Glass focuses on Samuel L. Jackson’s brittle-boned villain, Mr. Glass.
At the end of Split, we found out that The Beast lives within the same universe as Unbreakable’s David Dunn. The film somewhat struggles to mesh those two moods together despite its best efforts to try to do so. In Glass, the focus ends up being on Kevin more often than not even teasing a battle between Dunn and The Beast in the early stages of the film. That battle is cut short and we are then confined to a creepy mental asylum for the better part of the rest of the film as the pacing slows down considerably.
Raven Hill Memorial hospital is a pretty interesting mental asylum. It has some cool things that it uses to keep the inmates locked up and relatively harmless. The three main characters are kept apart and the focus shifts to doctor Ellie Staple (American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson) who wants to prove that they’re normal humans that don’t really have super-powers. It gets tiring to listen to her continue to push her own agenda, but it does make you wonder whether or not we’re in for a big swerve at the end of the film. The film kind of drags on during the second act and Bruce Willis doesn’t have much of a part in it at all which seemed a little strange to me.
Anya Taylor-Joy also returns as the lone survivor of The Horde from Split. Joy has a pretty good performance here, but her character Casey Cooke almost seems wasted in this movie as that character doesn’t really add a whole lot to the overall story. That seems to be a growing trend throughout the film, adding for the sake of adding. I think this movie would have been better with a less is more approach as a lot of the additions just weren’t really necessary and made everything a bit more convoluted than it had to be.
As Mr. Glass finally gets a bit of a focus late in the second act, things start to become more interesting as he transitions from a mute character who doesn’t do much of anything for most of the movie to a super-villain who has a ton to say and attempts to use The Beast to his advantage. He really reminded me of an evil version of Professor Charles Xavier from X-Men. I was quite annoyed with the security staff at Raven Hill as they were completely pointless from the get-go. I can’t go into specifics, but let’s just say the nurses themselves were a lot more aware than the people that were supposed to protect this place.
The last 20 minutes of the movie ends up being very eventful and introduces a few plots twists to the story that I wish I could mention, but I can’t. The problem with these twists is that it ends up leaving you with more questions than answers and I started to pick apart the plot more and more with each new twist that was introduced. I just felt like the ending was added just for the sake of adding it and didn’t I ended up being quite disappointed and I’m still not quite sure whether I was watching a super-hero movie or a psychological thriller and maybe that’s the way M. Night Shyamalan wants me to fell.
Glass is out now on Digital/Blu-Ray/4K from Universal Pictures!