Unbreakable

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Overview

Actor Bruce Willis and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan reunite after the surprise success of The Sixth Sense for this supernatural thriller. David Dunne Willis is taking a train from New York City back home to Philadelphia after a job interview that didn't go well when his car jumps the tracks and collides with an oncoming engine, with David the only survivor among the 131 passengers on board. Astoundingly, David is not only alive, he hardly seems to have been touched. As David wonders what has happened to him...
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Overview

Actor Bruce Willis and writer/director M. Night Shyamalan reunite after the surprise success of The Sixth Sense for this supernatural thriller. David Dunne Willis is taking a train from New York City back home to Philadelphia after a job interview that didn't go well when his car jumps the tracks and collides with an oncoming engine, with David the only survivor among the 131 passengers on board. Astoundingly, David is not only alive, he hardly seems to have been touched. As David wonders what has happened to him and why he was able to walk away, he encounters a mysterious stranger, Elijah Prince Samuel L. Jackson, who explains to David that there are a certain number of people who are "unbreakable" -- they have remarkable endurance and courage, a predisposition toward dangerous behavior, and feel invincible but also have strange premonitions of terrible events. Is David "unbreakable"? And if he is, what are the physical and psychological ramifications of this knowledge? Unbreakable also stars Robin Wright-Penn as Audrey, David's wife; the supporting cast includes Spencer Treat Clark and Joey Perillo.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes with M. Night Shyamalan; Behind the Scenes, featuring Bruce Willis; Comic Books and Superheroes - exclusive feature with Samuel L. Jackson; The Train Station Sequence: multi-angle feature; Night's first fight sequence
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
M. Night Shyamalan's follow-up to The Sixth Sense is, like its predecessor, an intelligent, eerie thriller that raises as many questions as it does goosebumps. Unbreakable reteams Shyamalan with Bruce Willis, here playing stadium security guard David Dunn-the lone survivor of a catastrophic train wreck-whose lifelong imperviousness to injury and illness intrigues accident-prone comic-book collector Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson). Elijah postulates that David's seeming invulnerability is the sign of an honest-to-goodness superhero. Shyamalan's exploration of this concept is conducted in a deadly earnest manner; there's nothing puerile or campy about it. Willis, whose character is a melancholy soul tormented by the failure of his marriage and the alienation of his son, plays Dunn with subtlety and restraint, and Jackson makes Elijah a pitiable but convincing eccentric whose persuasiveness eventually sways the security guard. Shyamalan sustains a gloomy atmosphere throughout, and a lengthy third-act set piece-in which David tests Elijah's theory amidst horrifying circumstances-is guaranteed to leave your teeth chattering and your knees knocking. Unbreakable is a tribute to the ingenuity of its talented writer-director, who takes an inherently ridiculous notion and makes it plausible by virtue of his masterful storytelling gifts. Shyamlan provides a commentary for the DVD, as does composer John Newton Howard; additionally, there are three featurettes covering aspects of the film's production, and storyboard-to-film comparisons.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
This follow-up to M. Night Shyamalan's out-of-nowhere breakout smash The Sixth Sense retains that film's deliberate pacing and attention to detail, but has more on its mind. This makes Unbreakable an even more ambitious and intriguing picture, even if the film's resolution leaves the viewer in the lurch by not realizing its full potential. A bold take on the mythology of comic books and realizing one's fate, the film is closest to the spirit of Alfred Hitchcock, who, like Shyamalan, lures viewers in one direction only to draw attention to something completely different when they least expect it. This is one of the film's strongest points: it is genuinely unpredictable and, until its wrap-up, feels as if it was helmed by a true visionary. Bruce Willis is quietly powerful in a rare interior role, fully engaging the viewer with his unshowy, sympathetic portrayal of a conflicted individual. While no Sixth Sense in terms of popularity, Unbreakable was still a box-office champ, despite polarizing much of its core audience. Supposedly, Shyamalan intended this film to be part of a planned trilogy, all of which would further explore Willis' character.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
Unbreakable, the somberly fantastic new mystery-thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is even more of an anxiety-drenched trance-out than The Sixth Sense, his breakthrough hit of 1999. This picture, too, is set in Philadelphia, but it really takes place in a hushed and disquieting meta-movie world where every new shot is a meditation, a sensual piece of the puzzle, and where wonder merges with dread.
New York Post
Unbreakable, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's dazzling reunion with Bruce Willis confirms he's one of the most brilliant filmmakers working today. Lou Lumenick

Unbreakable, the somberly fantastic new mystery-thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is even more of an anxiety-drenched trance-out than The Sixth Sense, his breakthrough hit of 1999. This picture, too, is set in Philadelphia, but it really takes place in a hushed and disquieting meta-movie world where every new shot is a meditation, a sensual piece of the puzzle, and where wonder merges with dread.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2008
  • UPC: 786936761160
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Region Code: ABC
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 31,136

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis David Dunne
Samuel L. Jackson Elijah Prince
Robin Wright Audrey Dunne
Charlayne Woodard Elijah's Mother
Spencer Treat Clark Joseph Dunn
James Handy Priest
Eamonn Walker Dr. Mathison
Elizabeth Lawrence School Nurse
Leslie Stefanson Kelly
Joey Perillo
Richard Council Noel
Technical Credits
M. Night Shyamalan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Douglas Aibel Casting
Steve Arnold Art Director
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Allan Byer Sound Mixer, Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Fulton Production Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Mendel Producer
Sam Mercer Producer
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
John Rusk Asst. Director
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Dylan Tichenor Editor
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Childish ending.

    The only reason I gave this movie two stars was because the actors did a great job on this movie. Other than that, there really isn't a point to it. Don't want to give anything away, but the ending was just lame. The subway crash was pretty interesting and the afterthoughts were suspensful and kept you wondering but the ending was something and 8 year old might have thought up. The ending was atleast better than the Happening's which had an extremely out there scenario.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    GREAT!

    this movie is my second fav by M. Knight the first being 6th Sense. i like the underlying comedy, action & suspense that's in it. the end just warrents a sequel. why doesn't M. Knight do sequels anyway? Samuel Jackson is an excellent villian & makes for a wonderful opposite. in a deranged way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Night Does it Again

    Suspense! Surprise! And the ending... magnifico! It is great, but you have to appreciate it and pay attention. This is not a zonk out I'm a zombie movie. Watch it, watch it, watch it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a wonderful film.

    i have never seen such a great superhero movie sense batman and batman returns. but this movie is nothing like batman, nor spiderman, superman, or pretty much any man (rimshot). i have never in my intire life seen a super hero movie like this. this is a much more beautifully done film. this is not what you would call an "action movie". there is only one fight scene. this is alot more of a drama, so if you are expecting a regular super hero movie, you will be disappointed. this film, unlike sixth sense is not a horror movie, unless some are disturbed by some of the characters or the storyline. this film is about a man slowly figuring out that he is a hero. or is it all a coinscidince? shyamalan really sorta leaves us to figure it out. elijha played by samuel l. jackson is one of my favorite performances in a movie. he played the part so well. and who can forget bruce willis as david dunn? it was his best performances since the sixth sense, also a great film, escpecially if you enjoyed this. i am only twelve. but no, this is not a kiddie movie. i always like movies that my friends my age don't like so much. i guess i just have unusual taste. i am a huge tim burton, m. night shyamalan, and coen brother brothers fan. so you can see what type of movies i like. i like movies with an artistic touch. i myself have won several state art awards for best in show. i have mature taste for my age and i really liked this movie. great acting, wonderful storyline, and outstanding directing. if you know a good movie when you see it, you'll like this movie. and it has another surprise ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Again Shyamalan hits me with the unexpected!

    This movie is not your typical 'action' story; but instead it's a character developing, thrilling, awesome movie! If you liked Signs you'll love this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbreakable

    This movie was interesting and unexpected. It has Bruce Willis from the Sixth Sense who instead of a doctor person plays a security guard who survives a train crash without a scrath on him but then discoveres something different about him later in the movie or somewhere after the crash. Samuel L. Jackson is creepy as Elijah who's obsessed with comics and believes that the security guard is some kind of 'super hero'. The ending gets good and is shocking and expected. The movie was alright.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hidden Treasure

    The title threw me off at first as I expected some Die Hard-esque action movie. I loved the undertoning of the music and the subtle acting.This movie has real chemistry if you let yourself get below surface expectations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tough love

    This movie is a tough love but you need to give it a chance. You may need to see it more than once to really get this movie. Great acting and script put this movie over the top. The ending was kind of a let down for me only because I wanted more. See it, feel it and you just may love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great film, Uneducated viewers

    This film has too much in it for most to understand, but to the few of us who know about film (Cinematography, plot, character development, script writing, editing, and film history) this was a refreshing change from the same old thing. (A truly pointless movie, something that Arnold Schwarzenegger has done over the last couple years). If people are going to write that they don't like a film because ''it just was bad'' they shouldn't waist the reader¿s time. If you don't like it then critique it with well thought out reasons. The film Unbreakable was slow at the beginning (for a reason) it shows the emotional state of Bruce Willis¿s character. In the beginning he is depressed and at the end he is starting to feel purpose in his life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    For some reason I avoided this movie when it first came out and repeatedly on television. I saw it last night, and I can only echo the reviews by ''A very misunderstood movie...'' and ''The Sublime From The Ridiculous'' I think ''pointless'' speaks for him/her self).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A very misunderstood movie...

    To be brief, if you are a long-time comic book reader/fan, then this movie is an absolute must. This film is the first live-action comic book origin film that pulls it off flawlessly. While it covered all of the standard origin points, it did so with a complete respect for the viewer as an adult. One of my top ten films of all time... just amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nicely Weird Movie

    I liked this movie. It was totally not what I expected, but I really like it anyway. Especially the twist ending. :) Very good. I would recommend it for people with slightly strange tastes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Sublime From The Ridiculous

    You will know immediately if M. Night Shyamalan's latest effort will work for you; right away the screen is filled with some information about our world, and how you feel about that information will tell you whether or not you will accept the film's world view. Supposedly the first act of a trilogy, draped in a morose mood and photographed in dark earth shades, ''Unbreakable'' takes a concept seemingly lacking any credibility, and with ardent veracity propounds, in the words of character Elijah Price (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson) 'a fantastic possibility.' ''Unbreakable'' is not ''The Sixth Sense-Part II.'' It is it's own, with it's own line of thought. Mostly concerning itself with the repercussions of this 'possibilitiy's' revelation. There is Bruce Willis' character David Dunn's initial denial and eventual acceptance of his destiny, his son's (played by Spencer Treat Clark) total acceptance and how it justifies his adoration of his father, his wife's (played by Robin Wright-Penn) obliviousness and need for a regular life, and Elijah Price's need for a confirmation of his purpose in life. Writer/Director Shyamalan gives all this an emotional weight by not going the obvious route. The set-pieces are subtle, even the disaster that sets everything in motion takes place off-screen. Willis isn't reduced to shallow one-liners. In fact, he is almost totally humourless, wearing a frown almost totally throughout the film. Amazing is Clark as the devoted son who clutches to his father as the turmoil of life swirls around him and in the end is rewarded for his faith. The climatic rescue scene, where Dunn uses his 'abilities' for the first time, is alternately exhilarating and flat-out creepy. Add an almost biblical sounding score by James Newton Howard and you get a film that slowly builds a world that you wish was. The two-disc DVD set is well worth it if you enjoyed the film, with slick packaging and nice extras like deleted scences and documentaries on the second disc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pointless

    This was the worst movie i have ever seen starring samuel l jackson and bruce willis i would not recommend this movie to anyone the entire movie was pointless and it had nothing to do with anything. It was just the worst.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing Really Good But The Ending

    I loved the ending. It was amazing. Completely unexpected and unacceptable- but makes perfect sense.The film should win awards just for that.Long-winded but beautifully shot. Worth watching even if it totally blew cause the ending was exquisite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mind Blowing

    like the sixth sense there is a major league surprise ending in unbreakable and to reveal it would be to ruin one of the year's best movie. So if your friends start talking about it, run in the other direction with your finger in your ears.

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