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|Regie:||M. Night Shyamalan|
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18 years ago it was David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who learned that he had special powers after a train crash he was the only one to survive. Not only is he enormously strong and seemingly invulnerable. Through touch he can also look into the deepest abysses of the human soul and has already hunted down many bad guys. Although the police have long been on the trail of the mysterious avenger, David has so far remained unidentified. But when he goes hunting for Kevin (James McAvoy), a killer with multiple personalities, both are captured by the mysterious Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). She also arrested David's Nemesis, Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). Now she wants to prove that all three men can only imagine their special abilities. But she did not expect it to enable one of them to put a long-prepared plan into practice…
"Glass" is a rather unusual project for the industry. The film is the continuation of M. Night Shyamalan's 2000 hit "Unbreakable" as well as of his surprise hit "Split" from 2016. It is unusual that both films were produced by different studios and the two competitors have now joined forces to stage this part that connects the two predecessors. After "Unbreakable" is one of the director's best movies and "Split" marked a celebrated comeback after some pipe-breakers, the expectations of "Glass" are of course accordingly high.
And unfortunately it must be said that Shyamalan cannot meet these high expectations. That's not to say that "Glass" is a bad movie. It just hasn't become the work the fans of the predecessors have been waiting for. The filmmaker tries to establish the connection to "Unbreakable" by, among other things, using unused material from the work and adding new elements. It's also nice to see how Bruce Willis convincingly slips back into this role, even though in the end he is pushed too much into the shadows of James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson.
The movie's biggest problem is the story. This one is too bloated with long conversations about comic books, which seem rather unnecessary especially in times of countless Marvel and DC movies. In the year 2000 this may have still worked, since at that time only a small fan community was familiar with the rules of superhero comics. After almost two decades this has changed significantly, which this script would have had to take into account in order not to appear strangely antiquated.
You have to get involved with what Shyamalan serves here in order to enjoy the movie's many strengths. Those who don't succeed will be disappointed or maybe even angry by "Glass". Those who can take the movie for what it is, on the other hand, will be visually, actingly and at the end also dramaturgically entertained. This work is certainly not one of the best films by the filmmaker once celebrated as Hollywood's new prodigy, but it is also not one of those cucumbers that have mercilessly destroyed this good reputation. Rather, the mystery fantasy thriller balances somewhere in between. That's disappointing at first, but in the end it's quite thrilling, entertaining and worth seeing!
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