Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Review by: Livi Edmonson
Crushing it in the box office only one weekend in, thriller-mastermind, writer and director M. Night Shyamalan gives audiences everywhere his latest horror “Glass”. The film depicts all three of his infamous, superhuman forces: David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), and even Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), whose life is further focused on more in this film than in “Unbreakable” (2000), hence the title.
“Glass” is Shyamalan’s follow up to the second film in the series, 2017’s “Split,” which introduced the terrifying life of Kevin Wendell Crumb and the 23 different personalities inside of him, even the most powerful of all, “the beast.” If you haven’t seen “Unbreakable” you will probably still understand “Glass,” because to be honest, I only remember sleeping through the majority of that film a few years back, and I still knew what was happening with that character. But if you haven’t seen “Split,” you might find yourself a little bit lost in the plot and many of the characters — 23 characters to be exact.
It is safe to say that “Glass” isn’t a movie for everyone. I mean, it’s ultimately a psychological horror/thriller film with just a hint of the cannibalism genre. Though it is only a PG-13 flick, audiences should still be aware of the plot because it is still very creepy at times. If you have seen “Split,” then you know exactly what I am talking about.
Now, as it as great of a movie as “Split” or even “Unbreakable”? Well, that’s a hard question. The thing about M. Night Shyamalan’s movies is that audiences and critics either love them or hate them. If you’re a fan of the series, then you most definitely need to see this grand finale. However, if you and your friends are just looking for a horror movie to let loose on a “Friday Night Fright Night” with, then sure, give this film a try. But don’t be surprised when you have not a clue what is going on and possibly do not enjoy it because of its lack of supposed “horror” and “suspense.”
All in all, the acting in “Glass” was spectacular, as was the overall lesson it taught to its audience: never underestimate a person with power. The three characters were essentially portrayed as “superheroes” in the final movie, which introduces a new, unique way of looking at the film in a different light. Unless you completely disagree, that is. Though the storyline could have been articulated much better than it actually was, “Glass” will still give fans an ending that they can enjoy. Who knows? We may even get a fourth film out of it ... but let’s hope not because he should’ve stopped after “Split.”
I give it a 6 out of 10.