Origin stories are all the rage these days. But M. Night Shyamalan’s tale of a man who slowly discovers he’s essentially a superhero is one of the best. And since it’s not attached to any actual comic-book character, it always gets forgotten. Coming out on the heels of the blockbuster The Sixth Sense, and also starring Bruce Willis, Unbreakable was sold to the public as another psychological thriller, which it most certainly isn’t. Rather, it’s a relatively quiet, subtle and realistic look at the pressures that come with being a superhero. Though Shyamalan has released several stinkers over the past several years, Unbreakable proves that he’s a writer-director who understands why superhero stories resonate with us so.
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