Hollywood produces a lot of superhero films for many years. The most important trigger for this trend was certainly Marvel Studios. Their producer Kevin Feige triggered a never-before-seen hype with his concept. Movies about superheroes had already been very successful, but film fans had not yet seen a coherent story of more than twenty films. But you forget that there had been a genre-building film a long time before. That brought the world of comics into the real world. Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan was already considered an extraordinary work back then. Today many film fans are getting to know and love the pioneering work of this director anew.
Seldom had film fans waited so longingly for a new film by a director as they did in 2000. M. Night Shyamalan’s first big film, The Sixth Sense, caused a huge hit. Above all, the surprising twist at the end of the flick caused boundless enthusiasm worldwide. The Sixth Sense turned out to be a huge hit. So it’s no wonder that expectations of the successor skyrocketed. But the director didn’t feel like repeating the theme. Instead, he devoted himself to the heroes of his childhood. He wrote a script that perfectly portrayed the world of comics. For this, he got himself the star of The Sixth Sense Bruce Willis. He took on the role of the eponymous superhero, who should prove to be indestructible. Samuel Jackson took over his counterpart.
A Real Superhero
The film Unbreakable tells the story of David Dunn. When he was the only one to survive a terrible train accident, he met the comic book collector Elijah Price. He was sure that Dunn must be a human superhero. At first, Dunn dismisses this as pure fantasy, but soon he realizes that there must be something to the story. Dunn slowly discovers his abilities and begins to use them for the benefit of his fellow men. But in the terrifying finale, he realizes the real background to his fateful encounter with Price and reveals a terrible secret.
In contrast to the usual comic book adaptations, Unbreakable takes its story bitterly seriously. Shyamalan constructed the characters along the lines of superheroes and villains. The main characters have their strengths, but also an Achilles’ heel that makes them vulnerable. Shyamalan tells his story very slowly and builds everything on the expected big twist at the end. That has it all and throws everything you knew to believe up until then, overturning.People reacted divides to the director’s unusual work back then. The reviews ranged from average to a masterpiece. At the box office, however, film fans made their own decision. With gross revenues of around $ 250 million, Unbreakable became a hit. However, the film could not match the numbers of its predecessor. M. Night Shyamalan had his work followed by two further sequels. Split hit theatres 17 years later. Then in 2019 Glass ended the trilogy. The sequels could, however, artistically and commercially only partially follow the success of Unbreakable. The original has long since become a cult among comic fans.