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Good Flick, But Hype Breaks


Sometimes, an event is hyped so much that no matter how good or satisfying the event turns out to be, it will be thought of as a disappointment. The recent Subway Series is a good example, as is pretty much any new Madonna CD.

This is also the case with the movie "Unbreakable," which went into wide release

on November 22. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the genius behind "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" was expected to be even better than its predecessor. And, quite simply, it didn't happen.

The sad thing about all this is that without all the hype and expectations that the trailer produced, "Unbreakable" is a good movie. You start with the acting. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson work so well together, it's scary. They hit big with both "Die Hard With A Vengeance" and "Pulp Fiction" and their on-screen chemistry is obvious again. Willis himself said there were about 30 scenes in the movie that were shot in one take, which is virtually unheard of.

Willis plays David Dunn, a stadium security guard who happens to be the only survivor of a horrific train crash. Jackson portrays Elijah Price, an accident-prone art salesman who recognizes a certain, well, unbreakable quality about Dunn. The two meet, and when Price tells his theory to Dunn, he laughs and goes about his way. But various incidences throughout the movie begin to make Dunn wonder if the theory is true.

Another good aspect of the movie is the script. Shyamalan can definitely write a script, and "Unbreakable" is no exception. It has its twists and its turns, its tense moments, its brilliant dialogue, and of course, coming from the same guy who did "Sixth," you knew the ending was going to be crazy.

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star in Unbreakable

Even the production quality was a plus for the movie. A majority of it was done in black and white, and very dark. However, the tone of the plot more than called for that, and the darkness actually added something to the flick that would have been lost with a bright array of lights.

The bottom line is this: "The Sixth Sense" it's not. But "Unbreakable" is a quality flick. It has a good script, a brilliant director, and great actors. If you can get over the hype and all of the critics who expected another "Sixth," then you should really enjoy this movie. If not, you'll leave the theater disappointed. But it won't be because of the movie.

Review by Mitch Worthington

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