Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn, Spencer Treat Clark
If "Unbreakable" had been made by another director, I would begin this review with by calling this film an atrocious rip-off of last year's successful "The Sixth Sense". With the realization that this turkey was produced, written, and directed by none other than M. Night Shyamalan, the noted director of "The Sixth Sense," I can only call this disaster an atrocious rip-off of "The Sixth Sense"! "Unbreakable" is so close in mood, style and form to "The Sixth Sense" that one could almost say that 50 per cent of this film was made from the outtakes of the original. The story is dumb, the acting unbearable, and, conceptually, the entire film is an obvious Hollywood attempt to capitalize on the critical and box office success of last year's Oscar nominee. It's sad to see a talented, young director such as Shyamalan sell out to the greedy vultures that control this dubious industry.
For months, Hollywood has been buzzing about the myriad of Oscars that "Unbreakable" will receive. The millions of projected box office dollars have more than likely already been spent. Unfortunately, they had to open the film to the public. The reviews were horrid, the box office dollars failed to arrive, and all connected to this waste are justifiably embarrassed!
I won't go into detail as to the comic book story but the journey of David Dunn (Willis), a very depressed security cop, is as dull and uninteresting as the character. Instead of the sensitive and effective portrayal given by Willis in "The Sixth Sense," we get a zombie who either was given too much Valium or perhaps was just plain shattered from accepting such a role. Not even Samuel L. Jackson could add life to this film. Only Robin Wright Penn, Dunn's wife, and Spencer Treat Clark as his son (Haley Joel Osment, get it?) add solid attempts to portray real people.
I will not give away the surprise ending. Suffice to say that it is anemic in comparison to "The Sixth Sense." Obviously the Oscar buzz has stopped. "Unbreakable" is a bad detour on the Road to the Oscars. I wonder if Willis has any Valium left?