Dec. 21, 2001
The film begins with printed titles explaining to us just how popular comic books really are these days -- as though anyone asked -- and it immediately smelled suspiciously like an apology to me, which in fact it is. It's like M. Night Shyamalan is saying, "I know you're going to think this is a ridiculously stupid story, but there are millions of people out there who won't. Or, at least, that's what I pitched the film executives, and they bought it."
So Bruce Willis's character lives through a train wreck where 130 of 131 people die. Right away my credibility meter went into the red. I mean, everybody doesn't die in train wrecks, do they? They're not like jet crashes. Anyway, Willis is unharmed so we assume he's immortal, or possibly even dead, given our experience with The Sixth Sense. Meanwhile, a crazy comic book collector, improbably played by Samuel L. Jackson, thinks that Willis may actually be . . . okay, get this . . . a real life superhero. Like Superman or Captain America, only he's Sentryman. Honest to God, that's the plot. I'm not kidding. Bruce Willis's reaction when he finds out he may be the real Superman is to appear like he's dozing off.
But, unlike Superman who must battle Lex Luthor, evil arch-villain who wants to rule the world, or Batman, who must tangle with Mr. Freeze, who is trying to turn the whole world into an arctic tundra, Bruce Willis's Sentryman must match wits with Mr. Glass, the evil super-villain who keeps accidentally breaking his own bones. Every time Mr. Glass takes a walk he breaks his leg. All you have to do is leave this asshole alone and he puts himself in the hospital.
M. Night Shyamalan's next film will be the real indicator or his career. Should he make a film worse than Unbreakable, which wouldn't be easy, I daresay they will be no hope for him.
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