The fantastic trilogy of M. Knight Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”, “The Mysterious Forest”), the final part of which was the film “Glass”, started back in 2000, when “Unbreakable” with Bruce Willis was released and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles. The director of Indian descent, a great specialist in creating famously twisted stories with an unpredictable ending, brought a new, unexpectedly realistic accent to the canonical superhero theme and even subdued the presentation of Quentin Tarantino, which is already a quality mark.
“Invulnerable” did not imply a continuation, but after 16 years Shyamalan introduced the audience to “Split”, in which James McEvoy flashed an impressive acting: his hero suffers from a serious psychological trauma caused by a sadistic mother, a dissociative personality disorder, “Containing” 24 subpersonalities, one of which is the mysterious and terrible Beast. This tape, too, could remain an independent and very suitable horror ... But in the end David Dunn appeared - the main character of "Invulnerable".
If the first 2 pictures are relatively autonomous, then Glass relies heavily on the background: without it, the viewer risks not understanding what is happening. Considering that over the past 19 years a new generation of viewers has managed to grow, the advice to spend an evening watching “Invulnerable” and “Split” before going to the cinema will be relevant for many. At the same time you can "catch" allusions and Easter eggs!
After the death of his wife, the invulnerable David Dunn moved to New York, opened his own business together with his son and continued to heroize already with the support of the offspring. Moreover, there was a stir in the city: an obsessed maniac nicknamed the Horde stole a new batch of schoolgirls.
Fortunately, David liberates the girls on time and enters the battle with the Beast, who is immensely surprised by the enemy, who first appeared on equal terms with him. The epic battle does not last long: special forces with special flash installations twist both and send them to a closed hospital, where for almost 2 decades Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), nicknamed Mr. Glass, was called because of imperfect osteogenesis , which killed hundreds of innocents trying confirm the existence of people with supernormal abilities.
For this unusual trinity, Ally Staple (Sarah Paulson), an ambitious psychiatrist in a white coat, takes on. She wants to confirm her theory that the superpowers of all three are imaginary and are caused by a specific lesion of the frontal lobe. That's just Mr. Glass does not want to agree with the self-confident young lady, preparing, like a real supervillain, a daring final feint.
“Invulnerable” is undoubtedly one of the main works in Shyamalan’s career, “Split” is one of the best in McEvoy’s filmography. With such "source", the audience, of course, was waiting for the finale, which would show the epic interaction of such bright characters. And the film starts quite promisingly, moreover, the director does not forget about important supporting characters: a significant role in the development of events will be played by Dunn Jr. (Spencer Street Clark), the venerable Mrs. Price (Charlane Woodard) and surviving after the abduction by the Horde Casey Cook (Anya Taylor Joy).
Alas, after the wooden-benevolent psychiatrist locks up our “magnificent three” in the hospital and starts the boring sessions of group therapy, the development of the plot begins to slip, plunging into pathos boltology. No, at first these “games of the mind" with the participation of Dr. Staple fascinate and captivate. But it’s clear to everyone: the option in which the heroes really only imagine themselves to be superhuman does not imply the development of the course set by the picture. The continuation in the vein of “doctor in shock” is too trite.
Shyamalan acts in his own corporate style, inventing a multi-way matryoshka with an unexpected final feint. If at the level of the “plan-scheme” his script looked decent, then the implementation let us down. The characters talk too much, the fights that the viewer so dreamed about do not reach the expected degree of epicness, and the middle of the film sags noticeably. “Glass” can be compared with a cat who tried on for a long time before the jump, but made it as awkward as possible, and then, all disheveled after an unsuccessful landing, proudly raised its tail and left, trying to “save the face”.
The actors, where McEvoy and Jackson especially try, draw the picture. (Willis's character has never been a wide palette of emotions.) For the competent work, the operator and composer should be praised. But there is no reason to hope for special effects with a budget of $ 20 million, although Lee Wonnel’s “Upgrade” had a quarter of the amount for a more sane visual, because he did not have to spend money on first-rate stars.
- An opportunity to take stock of a story that has been developing for almost 2 decades.
- An interesting story in itself.
- Unexpected ending.
- Good soundtrack.
- A first-class game of actors (especially McEvoy).
- Stylish visual range.
- Allusions and flashbacks to the previous parts.
- Poor perception without background.
- A lot of chatter and a little action.
- Fascinating pathos.
- The audience will not wait for an epic fight.
- And again about conspiracy theories.
Technology Level : 5 out of 10
Final rating: 6 out of 10
- In the cinema since January 17 (world premiere - January 17, 2019)
- Year: 2019
- Country: USA
- Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Drama, Detective
- Director: M. Knight Shyamalan
- Screenplay: M. Night Shyamalan
- Producers: Mark Bjenstock, Jason Bloom, Ashwin Rajan
- Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Street Clark, Luke Kirby, Jane Park Smith, Kylie Zion, Nina Wisner
- Time: 02:09
- Age: 16+