This is what Elijah aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) are made to believe they are suffering from and all the experiences that have happened until present can be explained.
Glass, Mr. Knight Shyamalan’s latest film is the union of two of his past works: Unbreakable and Split.
Kevin Wendell Crumb aka The Horde suffers a massacre in Philadelphia while David Dunn and his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) conduct their own investigation by alluding to the Philadelphia Police Department. Authorities want him to quit his vigilante practices, but he is determined to identify Crumb and bring him to justice. When Crumb and Dunn finally come face to face, instead of having their anticipated confrontation, they are intercepted by a psychiatrist named Dr. Ellie Staple and taken to an asylum. The asylum has housed a callous and practically catatonic Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass for nineteen years.
Gathering the Trinity for a group session, Dr Staple reveals that they were reunited so that she could prove that their supposed superhero exploits can be explained and that they suffer from ‘delusions of grandeur’ and no. only had three days to do so.
Once under the same roof, Mr. Glass implements his plans to free his superhero, his fellow asylum seekers and finally prove to the public that there are some among them who are capable of extraordinary things, that “the superheroes are real “. Himself included, despite his brittle makeup.
Mr. Glass’s black, brittle exterior is nothing more than a shell of who he really is and is contrary to what we’d expect from a black superhuman. Instead of a hyper-masculine, muscular mega-man, his biggest attribute is his brain’s ability to mentally outdo those around him. Instead of using aggression to escape, he plays opossum [think Song of the South, but violent] like a master en route to an elaborate escape from the establishment not because he wants to be free from bondage but to free the mind of society from bondage and the belief that there is no no extraordinary beings and instead of being celebrated for his free thought, he is locked up and hidden.
Ultimately, Glass’s cunning and intelligence gives him what he wants. It reveals why their destinies are intertwined and why the world needs to know who they are, but was it worth it?
Despite an intriguing story that culminates in a showdown between principles, it doesn’t end there. The conclusion successfully derails what made the story great in two stanzas and rather leaves the audience confused. A final stanza that should have been an alley for a sequel was more of a disappointing reminder that sounded less like “What’s next?” And more like “Uh oh” in typical Shyamalan fashion.
Comic book and superhero purists may point to the ending as a reason superhero movies should be left to the experts, but the uneventful shutdown shouldn’t be enough to hurt what was an alternative overall. decent to the Marvel / DC world. There was enough in the flesh of the film to make another one. Not to mention the performance of Jackson, as well as Sarah Paulson, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis were well done.
BSO Rating: B- / C + (The end lowered the average).
Glass, which hits theaters on January 18, stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson.
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