Director: M.Night Shyamalan
Cast: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor -Joy
Glass is directed by M.Night Shyamalan, who also directed the two previous films in the franchise, Unbreakable (2006) starring Bruce Willis and Split (2016) starring James McAvoy. This film is the sequel to split and captures the story of David Dunn (Bruce Willis) – a security guard with superhuman abilities who is on the hunt for ‘The Beast’- One of the 20 personalities who possess superhuman strength, speed and agility played by James McAvoy, who draws the attention of David Dunn after he abducts residents within the area.
The two are joined alongside Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Mr. Glass – a genius whose only limit is his inability to walk due to his fragile bones. Glass made it into our list of most anticipated films of 2019, thus going into this our expectations for the film were reasonably high. A return of previous cast members and a compelling story made it a definite ‘must-watch’.
The film brings all 3 characters together and explores the theory of whether people with superhuman abilities exist in the real world. Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) – a psychiatrist who specializes with those who believe they are superheroes, is tasked with understanding the minds of these gifted individuals, helping them see where their abilities come from and if they truly do possess superhuman abilities. She plays a key role in this by casting doubt in their minds, suggesting that these individuals are not special, but delusional.
What this film does well is delivering a psychological thriller, presenting us with the twists and turns associated with this genre. Throughout the film, I found myself asking questions like “Maybe they are superheroes, maybe they’re not, maybe we all are but we just don’t know it yet.” After all, we do use a small percentage of our brain capacity. Of course, as the movie draws to a conclusion some of these myths are debunked.
The cast is also a plus in this, especially James McAvoy as Patricia, Dennis, Hedwig, The Beast, Barry, Heinrich, Jade, Ian, Mary Reynolds, Norma, Jalin, Kat, B.T., Kevin Wendell Crumb, Mr. Pritchard, Felida, Luke, Goddard, Samuel, Polly. Indeed, it’s quite outstanding how he managed to bounce between 20 personalities. He is worth the price of the ticket alone.
That said, I did notice that Bruce Willis’ character was sidelined at the halfway mark of the film until he reappeared during the last act. This was done to flesh out Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). Expect to see action but not the blockbuster, CGI filled battles that are common with this genre. This is grounded in reality. However, the POV shots during some of the action scenes were not well done. Overall, Glass is a solid conclusion to the franchise and a film that we do recommend you check out.