Shyamalan hits the Glass ceiling

03 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000's Unbreakable and 2016's Split in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass.

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.

While the storyline sounds as if Glass will keep you glued to your seat, reviewers agree: Despite suspense and tension built into this dramatic thriller, there is something seriously missing, namely the power-of-convincing.

The narrative is complex and layered, which could lead to a multifaceted philosophical reckoning or at least some sort of a fascinating ideological debate. But unfortunately, the film is presented in such a rushed and haphazard fashion, that it misfires from all angles.

The film reflects on human nature, the struggle between good and evil, all of it coated with that supernatural tone so specific to Shyamalan.

On the performance front, the three actors perfectly camouflaged in their characters give a feeling of deja vu, but nevertheless, as usual James McAvoy steals the show with his astonishing chameleon-like performance.

Overall, the film is too contrived to be taken seriously and seems like an unfinished product. WE give it 2 out of 5.

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