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Glass

By Norman Gidney | January 20, 2019

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Nineteen years after the film Unbreakable introduced us to the seemingly invincible David Dunn (Bruce Willis), we finally get the sequel M. Night Shyamalan always wanted to make. Glass stars the inimitable Samuel L. Jackson, reprising his role as Mr. Glass and given his own film. The aim of Glass is threefold in that it hopes to bridge itself to Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) while giving Mr. Glass his own movie, and expanding the Shyamalan universe of stories into a franchise. The result is a film that builds a new world of storytelling possibilities while failing to give enough attention to each narrative, much less its title character.

We open on a gang of thugs who get their kicks beating up random strangers and uploading the videos to YouTube. David Dunn makes fast work of these ne’er-do-wells dispensing vigilante justice from the shadows. Now known as The Overseer among Philadelphia’s seedy sector, David has become a sort of a secretive hometown superhero. By day he and his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) run a security and surveillance supply store. By night, the two exact justice with Joseph at the command center and David in the field.

“…known as The Overseer…David has become a sort of a secretive hometown superhero.”

We next meet back up with Hedwig one of the many personas living in Kevin (James McAvoy). Pulling the same shenanigans as he did in Split, McAvoy’s character that hosts a myriad of personalities known as The Horde and is a joy to watch. As Kevin, he taunts a group of cheerleaders that are held captive. We are reminded what a crime it was that McAvoy wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar for Split, much less a Golden Globe as he flits about portraying characters, one after the other, with such total immersion. In Glasshe again gives us everything.

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