Unbreakable (2000)

I had to make myself a white Russian to make it through another M Night movie. Rest assured people, it gets better, then it gets really bad again, then it slightly improves, then After Earth with the black Karate Kid and Fresh Prince.

Let’s get this out of the way, I liked the movie the only time I saw it. I gave it a chance, and it was fine at the time. I love Samuel L, so this helps. Now time to give my impartial thoughts.

A black baby was born with broken arms and legs or some such nonsense. That’s gotta suck. Now, you and I both are gonna deduce that the black baby will eventually be Samuel L. We also have a blurb in the beginning about comic book collectors. Bruce Willis is back, and he’s an ok actor, but I don’t always get his full appeal, he is good to great in this one though. Shit, I just realized that this is probably not a horror movie at all. I’m already messing this up 2 movies in???? Damnit! Fuck it, I may as well keep on keeping on.

It’s cool Robin Wright is in this. Even cooler than Samuel L’s name is Elijah, as I’m a big fan of that name. I also like that Samuel L isn’t too damn skinny like he is in those credit card commercials nowadays. The scene where the kid pulls the gun is clearly one of the best of the whole film. Willis does a dandy of a job there.

Long story short, one of the best things you can say for this movie and M Night was that this did realistic superhero 5 years or so before Nolan took on Batman. This movie is really well constructed, and I think it would get better upon repeat viewings. Willis carries the film, but Samuel L was the perfect counterpart. I would absolutely recommend this to just anybody who can appreciate a story and not just the glitz and glam of superhero movies. The ending really ties the room together. I’m going to give it a 7 for now, and that score could always rise. I doubt it will drop. I can’t count this as a horror flick, so no boob ratings. Sorry….and there was no boobs anyway.

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#16 1408 (2007)

Sigh, I was excited as this was one of the few movies on my list that I had never seen and been wanting to for years. Unfortunately, this movie did a lot of things I feared it would. Namely 2 things. 1) Bore me. 2) Not feature Samuel L Jackson nearly as much as one would expect for him to be so featured in the advertising. Yeah, both occurred. I lost interest and got sidetracked and cannot give this a fair review. John Cusack does just fine, but as with most Cusack roles, I always feel he could have been easily replaced by somebody 10 times cheaper who could have been just as effective as most of his characters. Anyway, to be continued later on. As of now, I don’t understand why he wasn’t in the room for what seemed like the last 20 minutes of this movie.

Annnnnd back.

Yeah so I watched the movie again, paid more attention to it, it still underwhelmed the hell out of me. Maybe in a few years, I may enjoy it like I do Dreamcatcher, but I don’t see the same charm, or actors, or fun that that particular movie had. Samuel L Jackson was awesome for his 5 minutes. John Cusack had to carry this film, and it was a fun story to tell, but a story I had no interest in. Some may hold this film in high regard. This will be one of the lowest ratings I give a movie. I don’t like it, have no interest in seeing it again. If you found some good in this movie, I say good for you, glad you enjoyed. This movie was just a travesty for me. Giving it a 4.4 in hopes that maybe I am missing something and there was some quality there.

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