M. Night Shyamalan is back. With an opening weekend of $19 million in the box office, “Glass” is a hit. “Glass” is the third film in Shyamalan’s trilogy centered around the characters from his two previous films -- “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000 starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and “Split,” which was released in 2016 starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. The trilogy consists of these three films mixed together in the same universe.
For context, “Unbreakable” follows David Dunn, played by Willis, who’s the only survivor from a devastating train accident and later learns he possesses supernatural strength, meaning he is “unbreakable.” He then encounters a man named Elijah Price, played by Jackson, who realizes Dunn’s full potential and how valuable he can really be. Price also connects with Joseph -- Dunn’s son, who’s played by Spencer Clark -- who also makes an appearance in “Glass” 19 years later.
The second film in the trilogy “Split” was a hit thriller that follows three high school girls who are kidnapped by a man who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. The kidnapper, originally named Kevin Wendell Crumb, is played by McAvoy and has 23 other distinct identities including “the beast,” which is the most frightening identity.
The film gives the audience that heart-pounding experience and it’s not until the very end when the one and only Dunn, from “Unbreakable,” makes a brief appearance. The scene shows him listening to breaking news about the kidnapped girls and a man with 24 other identities. The film ends right after and the audience was left in shock and knew right then and there that we would be getting another Shyamalan thriller with an all-star cast -- and “Glass” was exactly that.
First, this film was overflowing with beautiful acting with amazing dialogue. Shyamalan wrote and directed all three films and most critics admire the story due to its originality. Shyamalan is known for his weird yet interesting films including “The Visit,” “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.” He also likes to make cameos in his own films. In this film, he is known as Jai the security guard in Glass and Split.
Speaking of performances, McAvoy’s acting as Crumb was by far the best of his career. Portraying 24 different accents and personalities is difficult for an actor, but he somehow made it look easy.
The brittle boned madman Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass, confronts McAvoy in a mental institution and witnesses “the beast” for himself. Price’s philosophy on humans is that he believes everyone contains something extraordinary. In this case, Dunn has supernatural strength and Crumb has DID, which includes the sinister looking “beast.” Price wants to show the world what they are capable of. Eventually, they all escape from the mental institution and Dunn and “the beast” have a massive showdown.
The music composed by West Dylan Thordson really sets up the battle between the two. The tone of the music has your heart racing and makes the scenes much more intense and thrilling. The film was beautifully edited and mixed with stunning camera angles that really moved the film forward.
My expectations for this film were spot on. The acting was brilliant and the rising action was perfect leading to the climax. The Oscar nominations were announced on Jan. 22 and, because “Glass” was released only four days before, it won’t get any nominations this year. However, I can see this film winning many awards later in the future.
I do have some advice, though -- if you plan on seeing “Glass,” make sure to check out “Unbreakable” and “Split” for the full effect. You are in for one crazy ride.
The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch.