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Review: Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ highlights interesting characters

“Glass” is the third installment of the “Unbreakable” series directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It’s about three men who believe they have superhuman abilities. All three films star Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy. In the first movie, “Unbreakable,” we are introduced to David Dunn (Willis) and Elijah Price (Jackson). David Dunn has superhuman strength and the ability to see people’s sins or wrongdoings. Elijah Price, or Mr. Glass, is very intelligent. In the second movie we are introduced to Kevin Wendell Crumb, who has multiple personality disorder. One of his personalities is the “Beast,” it inhabited an animal’s abilities at the zoo. He has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, pain suppression, and wall-crawling. 

In the final movie all these characters are brought together to fight against each other. Kevin, or the Beast, kidnaps four cheerleaders and one of the personalities is telling them all about the beast and what he can do. Now David wants to find the Beast to save the girls. One afternoon, David goes to an area with warehouses and runs into Hedwig, one of Kevin’s personalities and sees a vision of him talking to the missing girls. He goes to one of the warehouses and frees the missing girls only for the Beast to show up. They have a fight, they end up outside to find Dr. Ellie, from a mental institution to take them away. 

She runs a series of test on them to get a clear image of what their brain looks like. Elijah plans an escape for all three of them. They make it outside where the Beast and David have another battle. Joseph (David’s son) tells the Beast what happened to Kevin’s father. Elijah had done something to the train, same train Kevin’s father and David were in, that caused the train to crash. David sees a symbol on Dr. Ellie’s arm and finds out she works for a secret organization. All three of them are killed. At the end of movie, we see that Elijah was recording the whole thing and sent it to his mother, Joseph, and Cassie. The three of them released the video so the other people like Elijah, Kevin, and David can see it and come out. 

“Glass” isn’t like your typical superhero movie. While your typical superhero has their powers given to them, the characters in this movie are sick and gain their powers that way. They use their sickness to their advantage. Elijah had bad bones so he relied on his brain. Kevin went through a traumatic childhood and attained other personalities; one of them being the Beast. David never got sick or injured and realized that his superhuman stamina was what was helping him. 

Shyamalan did a great job of creating characters with an interesting background. He took his own twist on your classic superhero movie. He created heroes or villains who you wouldn’t usually expect to be one.  

He concluded the series in an interesting way. He found a way to bring all the characters together and didn’t leave any big details out.


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