Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.
Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson
Directed and written by: M. Night Shyamalan
No question that M. Night has made some really good movies, and some really bad ones. Some easily stand out as good, and some as bad with a few in the middle. We can argue which one goes where, but it might be fair to say many people are fans of “Unbreakable,” and “Split.” Now the question is can he finish off this trilogy on a high note, or will it fizzle out like many of his not so great movies?
Speaking of high notes, “Glass” starts off on one. The audience is quickly updated on the life of David Dunn (Bruce Willis), and even gets to see him in action. On the flip side, the audience also gets to see what the Horde (James McAvoy) has been up to since the end of “Split.” And what can be better than seeing them apart…lets bring them together! Soon enough, David and the Beast have their first face-off! What a great start to the movie!
And then Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) comes into the picture, and ruins things. She has the two taken to facility, where she also has Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson) captive. She has built their rooms, and even parts of the facility in order to hold the three of them. The best is how she has a machine that when triggered can change the personality of the Horde with the flash of a light. It’s fun because it’s like spinning the wheel of personalities never knowing who you’re going to get.
Dr. Ellie has them there to try to convince them that they aren’t superheroes. David and the Beast are still eager to go another round while Elijah is basically a zombie. It’s a great shot when she sits face-to-face with all three of them, but ultimately her plan seems to not be going anywhere. She even brings in Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) to appeal to Kevin. Just when the audience might start to worry about how this is all going to end Elijah finally snaps out of it in time to make friends with the Horde. He makes promises of an epic showdown between the Beast and David, as the two make their escape.
The final act is here and it’s make it or break it time for the movie. Does the audience get an epic fight…not really! The fight doesn’t reach Elijah’s planned location, as it takes place on the front lawn of the facility. Instead of being witnessed by the world, it’s witnessed by Dr. Ellie, David’s son, Casey, and some staff. David’s son injects a small twist in the story, while Casey is there to comfort Kevin. How the two even know to be there at that moment might need revisiting, but continuing on. This is where M. Night has to make his statement and prove this is different than other superhero movies by killing off all three of his main characters. Let the disappointment set in!
Dr. Ellie works for some secret organization (because there has to be a secret organization) to basically keep superheroes out of the spotlight. Just as she thought she won, Elijah happened to have a plan of his own to prove to the world superheroes do exist. So back and forth they go on the existence of superheroes. M. Night is brave enough to kill off his main characters, but had to try to keep a twist in there with what Elijah did. So who cares if the world gets to see there are people with powers out there when you just killed three of them!
In the end, “Glass” starts off great mostly because the audience is getting that superhero vibe of the hero searching for and facing off with the villain. But if the audience came to see a typical superhero movie this isn’t it, and they might be as bored as Bruce Willis seems to be. The only thing that really holds up the movie when Dr. Ellie gives a weak effort to reform the three is James McAvoy's fantastic performance that carries over from “Split.” The movie ultimate dies just as the main characters die. M. Night just has to continue his commentary on superhero movies/comics until the very end. This movie is definitely the weakest of the trilogy, probably landing in the middle of the pack of M. Night movies, and deserving of only 2 pools of blood!