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Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson star in a mind-shattering, suspense-filled thriller that stays with you long after the end of this riveting supernatural film. After David Dunn (Willis) emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor -- and without a single scratch on him -- he meets a mysterious sranger (Jackson). An unsettling stranger who believes comic book heroes walk the earth. A haunting stranger, whose obsession with David will change David's life forever.
Although this DVD is wrapped in the handsome packaging of the "Vista Series," the extras here are minimal. The first disc has no extras but is packed with four separate Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks and is THX certified. The second disc holds four features, including a standard making-of featurette (15 minutes long) and a nifty segment that allows viewers to compare the storyboards to the final film and separate the music and sound effects in the train station sequence. More satisfying is the 20-minute short on the state of comic books, featuring revealing comments from critics and authors including Frank Miller (of the touchstone Dark Knight series). Seven deleted scenes are introduced by the director, and while none is significant to the plot, they are all must-see for fans of the film. Though this first installment of the Vista Series may deliver less than viewers might expect, the exquisite attention to design promises big things from future endeavors. --Doug Thomas
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Grew up with a collector of ........, so total could relate to the writer/director's story line. (Don't want to spoil it, since I went in clueless myself).
Music is okay, nothing to write home about--but neither is it supposed to be, I think. Thus, no problems there.
I enjoyed watching Willis' character beginning to bond with his wife and child again; and although the opening scene has been criticised, I thought (despite its pretensiousness) it caught the embarrassed tone of extra-marital flirtation very well. The main character is not really a great guy; and the film makes it fairly clear that his marital troubles mostly are his own fault. But he becomes a better person through his strange experiences--not immediately, but over time, in a very natural progression which I appreciated.
I specifically am not saying anything about the ending <g>; except that after I picked my jaw off the floor, I decided that in a sad sort of way it fit--and it _had_ been hinted at in numerous places.
This movie is almost like reading a book. It takes time to develop, and it's in firm control as it climaxes to an unforgettable scene of realizations and surprising discoveries. The long scenes set the pace of the movie, and instead of feeling they're long, I was drawn further to the movie, and I felt like I was a part of the story as an observer, instead of just as a viewer.
When Elijah Price verifies the man in fatigues has the gun David described, I was skeptical. When David lifed heavier and heavier weights, I began to believe. When David's son points a gun to his dad, in firm belief he would survive, I was speechless. Not because of the fact a son pointing a gun to his own father is shocking, but it's the fact that I was still unsure of David's power, as he is of himself.
Good directors control how much the viewers know. Most of the time, movies put viewers in a position where they know. Shyamalan is in control and only when he decides, the viewer is sure; I am sure who David Dunn and Elijah Price really are.
In comparison to The Sixth Sense, I knew, the audience knew the boy's secret. It was a matter of figuring out, or waiting for the time he would tell of his secret. In that sense, I felt the commercials and trailers spoiled the fun.
Unbreakable really spoke to me. That's what matters, and when a movie goes beyond simple enertainment to actually talking to viewers, that's when you know a movie is good.