Is it right on time or damn near 20 years too late?
Glass is this year’s follow-up to M.Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable (2001). Who would’ve thought it was gonna take damn near two decades before we found out what psychopath/serial killer Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) and the indestructible David Dunn (Bruce Willis) were up to?
Glass opens with Kevin Crumb, the dude with a crapload of personalities from the movie Split (2017), portrayed by the incomparable James McAvoy, rolling around on roller skates in an abandoned warehouse, where we see that he has a group of terrified cheerleaders (in full uniform, of course) kidnapped and tied up. At this point, Kevin has obviously jumped personalities, and he’s speaking to the girls as 8-year-old Hedwig, one of his 24 personalities. First, he tells the girls about his latest obsession with Drake, then he warns them that The Beast is coming, and that they should be afraid. ‘Cause we all know The Beast don’t play.
Then we move on to David Dunn, Mr. Unbreakable himself. We find out that Dunn is a business owner by day, but an ass-kicker by night. Yep, he hunts down the bad guys and puts the pain on ‘em. But, he keeps his vigilante justice routine, just between him and his grown son. Dunn doesn’t want any problems.
But, we knew problems were right around the corner for Dunn. With his sense of supernatural discernment, he figures out that Kevin has the cheerleaders locked in the warehouse and goes to save the day. By this time, The Beast has returned to Kevin’s body and he and The Unbreakable One battle it out. I must admit, it was pretty dope seeing two superhumans go toe-to-toe with each other.
Once the fight hit the street, there pulls up Dr. Ellie Staple, played by the magnificent Sarah Paulson, and her security team. I’m like, where did this bitch come from? And how did she just happen to know where to find Dunn and the Beast? That’s when shit started to get a little weird for me. Anyway, she carts the guys off and they end up in separate rooms in some mental asylum—the same mental asylum where they’re holding Elijah Price.
Staple spends the rest of the movie trying to convince all three guys that there’s nothing special about them. They’re “regular” dudes who’re fucked up in the head, basically.
In my opinion, I feel that Glass started out with good intentions, and I was excited for it to give me everything that I needed. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Yes, I love all the actors who played the main characters, but the story just wasn’t there.
Samuel L. Jackson did not utter one word in this movie for an hour and fifteen minutes (yep, I counted). As every minute passed, my irritation ran deeper. Who puts Sam Jackson in a movie and doesn’t allow him to speak? Shyamalan, do better.
Then, you have the uber-talented James McAvoy, who gave the audience an Oscar-worthy performance, as he jumped through those different personalities, and nailed each one with perfection. That man is a true gem.
Finally, I want to bring it back to Sarah Paulson. I’ve seen this woman do some great things on the screen, and this was not one of them.
I was truly rooting for Mr. Shyamalan; I wanted Glass to be great. Sadly, it was far from what I expected when I first saw the trailer.
The ending was weak; and the characters didn’t deserve to go out like they did. After waiting a cool ass 20 years, for a sequel to Unbreakable, this is what we end up with? Come on, bro. Glass was too little too late, and it lacked a solid storyline.
If you saw Glass, hit me in the comments and let me know what you thought about it? Was it everything and more or did it fall short for you?
The Wrapup: Glass starts off with promise but ends up leaving you feeling empty when those final credits start to roll. Like, what the hell just happened here?