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The UNpopular Opinion: Unbreakable

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Written by: Aaron the H

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD***

"Why is it, do you think, that of all the professions in the world you chose protection?" - Elijah Price

M. Night Shyamalan was, at one point, my all-time favorite director. A man I believed could do no wrong. But while The Sixth Sense completely rocked my world in the way it likely rocked, well, the world, it was Unbreakable that absolutely shook me to my core. Brought me to near tears. Taught me the definition of inspired, brave filmmaking. And it is because of M. Night’s last three debacles, the very definitions of uninspired and cowardly filmmaking, that I am now motivated, nay, compelled to remind you readers, and hopefully M. Night himself…what once was.

Unbreakable wasn’t blasted by critics when it was released, though it wasn’t lauded and showered with award noms in the way The Sixth Sense was. Domestically, it grossed $200 million less than it's predecessor, $132 million less than it's follow-up (Signs), and unbelievably, $20 million less than The Village. Much of this can be attributed to Unbreakble's lack of action and thrills (at least in the traditional sense); a bold maneuver in light of the Everest-sized audience expectations of M. Night's Oscar-nominated debut. As a result, Unbreakable was booed by many, considered a letdown for others, and appreciated only by a wise few, and that’s why I’ve chosen to write about it today.

"Hmm, does he mean 'sick' as in like, the flu? Or sick as in, like...AWESOME?"

Never before it and perhaps never again, will a superhero’s story be told with such a down-beat tone, scaled-down stunts, and gritty, realistic emotional range- all risky endeavors for sure. M. Night’s choice to cast Bruce Willis, perhaps the greatest action star of all-time in the lead, upped the risk-factor to 11. And at the end of the day, while action junkies and thrill-seekers everywhere eagerly awaited a no holds barred suspense-filled adventure, Willis turned in unarguably the quietest, most reluctant (and in my opinion, greatest) performance of his storied career. Together he and M. Night created the most broken, depressed superhero the cinema has ever seen, and thrust him into a world where superheroes existed much like in our world; solely in the pages of comic books.

The sad, exhausting but ultimately redemptive journey David Dunne (Willis) goes through was, to me, captivating and heartbreaking to watch, and matched equally by Samuel L. Jackson’s tortured performance as David’s perfect opposite and eventual (SPOILER ALERT) nemesis. The always reliable Robin Wright Penn turned in a solid showing as well, but it was young Spencer Treat Clark as their shy, adoring son who really shined brightly and further demonstrated M. Night’s remarkable ability with child actors (which makes the wooden performances he’s drawn out of kids in recent years all the more baffling).

Elijah probably should have just found a new hobby.

And yet, despite the strong performances and original plot, to this day if you ask someone passing by on the Metro what they thought of Unbreakable, they’ll probably just shrug or say one word: “Meh.” That can only be a product of an audience with unfair expectations, albeit one that was hooked by an absolutely gripping trailer that revealed next to nothing, and promised a fantastic enigma. The greatest mystery in Unbreakable is one that presented us with only two choices, “Is he or is he not a superhero?”, and I think we can all agree we knew where that one was heading. And yet, I was completely fine with it. Why must we expect a filmmaker to have one film mirror his previous? Did we expect Close Encounters of the Third Kind to mimic the tension and ferociousness of Jaws? Nope, we appreciated it for the genius that it was. And that’s how M. Night’s second film should have been judged-- independently.

That said, the film did come with it’s own brilliant, hard-to-predict (although not quite as earth-shattering) twist that packed a pretty heavy punch, and, like The Sixth Sense, was brilliantly hinted at throughout the film. Unlike The Sixth Sense's twist however, which while clever, seemed to function mostly as a gimmick, Unbreakable's plot twist served the story perfectly and gave David and Elijah's story a fantastic sense of finality. If M. Night wanted to break free from the chains of having to pull off insanely clever twists, he didn’t help matters with Unbreakable. But the film had other strengths as well. Costume choice was top notch, with each villain, though dressed in everyday garb, wearing colors that alerted us immediately of their presence (a tribute to the bright, outlandish costumes of comic book villains). The long, draping arms of David’s security poncho, which throughout most of the film appeared to us as just that, slowly by film’s end started to miraculously remind us of the beginnings of a superhero’s cape or an angel's wings.

Only the man that was McClane can make a dorky rain poncho look badass.

The cold, patient, expertly-choreographed cinematography is something Night seems to have forgotten about in his last few flicks, but hot damn was every frame of this film gorgeous to look at, perfectly reflective of the characters’ mindsets, and often cleverly framed like the images of a comic book- and not in the in-your-face way that other films have done [cough *The Hulk* cough]. James Newton Howard’s score managed to pull off something seemingly impossible, giving off a heartbreaking vibe while simultaneously uplifting us. Never was this more apparent than in the climactic scene where David finally overcomes his fears and realizes his destiny.

It was only after watching this that I felt like M. Night had realized his own destiny; to become the next great filmmaker in a long, storied line of them: Hitchcock, Coppola, Spielberg, Shyamalan and so forth. You got the feeling that what set his films apart from the rest of the intelligent, up and coming filmmakers of today were that his films came straight from the heart. That’s what makes his recent decline so shocking. It’s as if his heart has closed up shop. Well, it is of this author’s opinion, however unpopular it may be, that Unbreakable is a shining example of not just what M. Night can achieve, but also of what he will one day achieve again. Like David Dunne, perhaps Night must sleepwalk his way through life a bit, before someone or something wakes his talented ass up and reminds him of his destiny.

Hey, a boy can dream!

Extra Tidbit: The domestic opening weekend of The Happening ($30.5 million) out-grossed the opening weekend of Unbreakable ($30.3 million). You can find mention of this in Webster's Dictionary under the word "Travesty".
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12:22AM on 02/14/2011

The true unbreakable is...

The "real world Christopher Nolan" take on...Superman. It's the perfect Nolan/Batman take on the man of steel. Just give him a blue poncho with security in red writing. Change the names to Clark Kent and Lex Luthor and u have the greatest Superman story ever told.
The "real world Christopher Nolan" take on...Superman. It's the perfect Nolan/Batman take on the man of steel. Just give him a blue poncho with security in red writing. Change the names to Clark Kent and Lex Luthor and u have the greatest Superman story ever told.
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10:40PM on 09/23/2010
I agree with this article...but I think it's strange to call an opinion "unpopular" when you're referring to a movie that was so critically divisive.

I mean, no matter what your opinion of it was, about half the people are going to agree and half are going to disagree.
I agree with this article...but I think it's strange to call an opinion "unpopular" when you're referring to a movie that was so critically divisive.

I mean, no matter what your opinion of it was, about half the people are going to agree and half are going to disagree.
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1:20AM on 07/18/2010

umm...

...people don't like this movie? really? i was blown away when i first saw this many moons ago.
...people don't like this movie? really? i was blown away when i first saw this many moons ago.
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8:31AM on 07/09/2010

My favorite Shyamalan film!

I always thought that The Sixth Sense was over-hyped(don't get me wrong, it is a great film), and Unbreakable never got hyped enough. From the trailer, I myself thought it was going to be some Matrix rip-off, and I was PLEASANTLY surprised. To this day, Unbreakable is my favorite Shyamalan film, and one of my all-time favorite films in general.
I always thought that The Sixth Sense was over-hyped(don't get me wrong, it is a great film), and Unbreakable never got hyped enough. From the trailer, I myself thought it was going to be some Matrix rip-off, and I was PLEASANTLY surprised. To this day, Unbreakable is my favorite Shyamalan film, and one of my all-time favorite films in general.
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12:51PM on 07/08/2010

Eh...

Wasn't impressed with this article. Like (almost) everyone else who commented, I think Unbreakable is AWESOME! If you want to write an unpopular opinion on a M. Night movie, go tell me why The Happening was a great movie, cause that movie really sucked ass, and began what is now one of the most disappointing falls in directing history.

Make a decent movie M. Night!!!
Wasn't impressed with this article. Like (almost) everyone else who commented, I think Unbreakable is AWESOME! If you want to write an unpopular opinion on a M. Night movie, go tell me why The Happening was a great movie, cause that movie really sucked ass, and began what is now one of the most disappointing falls in directing history.

Make a decent movie M. Night!!!
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2:54PM on 07/08/2010
It's amazing when people AGREE with my opinion and are angry about that. If I waxed poetic about The Happening (which I'd never do cuz its just undefendable) you'd get upset too that I was praising an awful film. Tough crowd!
It's amazing when people AGREE with my opinion and are angry about that. If I waxed poetic about The Happening (which I'd never do cuz its just undefendable) you'd get upset too that I was praising an awful film. Tough crowd!
5:45AM on 07/09/2010
i couldn´t agree more with you wenzld...
i couldn´t agree more with you wenzld...
10:45PM on 07/07/2010

I think lots of you are confused...

If you all take a second to understand what the UNpopular opinion is, you'd understand that it's intention is to highlight films that the writer loved but most hated, or most loved but the writer hated. I agree that this film is not liked by many. I'll be honest though, this is my favorite M.Night movie to date and it's severely underrated as stated by Aaron the H. BRAVO, excellent analysis brotha! More people need to see this movie to remind them that M.Night is talented and needs to go back
If you all take a second to understand what the UNpopular opinion is, you'd understand that it's intention is to highlight films that the writer loved but most hated, or most loved but the writer hated. I agree that this film is not liked by many. I'll be honest though, this is my favorite M.Night movie to date and it's severely underrated as stated by Aaron the H. BRAVO, excellent analysis brotha! More people need to see this movie to remind them that M.Night is talented and needs to go back to his roots! His last three movies stunk worse than bigfoots dick.
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8:05PM on 07/07/2010

There are too many problems

This article defiantly is the unpopular opinion. But not in the good way. As mentioned cinematography has never been m nights problem, its his writing that has gone to hell.
Also suggesting that the movie was not loved by all and it was a really good movie is a nice difference from doing a movie eveyone loves and pointing out its flaws, but no one feels that way about unbreakable. Ypur defense is that it didnt do well in the box office. That logic would suggest the The life Aquatic is a great
This article defiantly is the unpopular opinion. But not in the good way. As mentioned cinematography has never been m nights problem, its his writing that has gone to hell.
Also suggesting that the movie was not loved by all and it was a really good movie is a nice difference from doing a movie eveyone loves and pointing out its flaws, but no one feels that way about unbreakable. Ypur defense is that it didnt do well in the box office. That logic would suggest the The life Aquatic is a great movie that no one loves or for that matter any "cult" movie isn't popular because it didnt do well in the box office.
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10:24PM on 07/07/2010
Exactly!!!!!!
Exactly!!!!!!
1:54AM on 07/08/2010
First off, I think we've all found my biggest anti-fan in FilmGuy450. Wowsas. Secondly, you're missin' the point. You're all film fanatics, loyal Joblo fans, and that's why you're on this site. This column is not called "The UNpopular Opinion Amongst Joblo Readers", rather, it's the Unpopular Opinion amongst the world as a whole. This column was partially created as a force to speak up for Joblo fans who appreciate underrated films (or to voice your thoughts about overrated films). This column
First off, I think we've all found my biggest anti-fan in FilmGuy450. Wowsas. Secondly, you're missin' the point. You're all film fanatics, loyal Joblo fans, and that's why you're on this site. This column is not called "The UNpopular Opinion Amongst Joblo Readers", rather, it's the Unpopular Opinion amongst the world as a whole. This column was partially created as a force to speak up for Joblo fans who appreciate underrated films (or to voice your thoughts about overrated films). This column was also created to do what I do best, rile people up and that seems to be the case with a few of you here. Cinephiles and superhero geeks may love this movie, but that's not the general public. Unbreakable is certainly NOT regarded as a modern classic by most, but I view it as just that. As I wrote in the article, ask the guy sitting next to you on the subway how he feels about Unbreakable, NOT your film-loving friend, and you'll likely get a surprisingly different opinion. Again though, this is JUST an opinion column, so, lets all just take a page from Frankie Goes to Hollywood and "Relax".
2:22PM on 07/07/2010

JoBlo Decision-makers, please read:

This is NOT the unpopular opinion. This article is actually almost as slow and boring as that movie was, and I was hoping to read a DIFFERENT take on Unbreakable, rather than the same old "this is why we still have hope for Shyamalan." People need to give up that hope already, because the entire concept and motivation of Samuel L. Jackson's character in this movie is just silly, making it yet another not-awesome movie. Slow and boring is not the same as meaningful and dramatic. It really
This is NOT the unpopular opinion. This article is actually almost as slow and boring as that movie was, and I was hoping to read a DIFFERENT take on Unbreakable, rather than the same old "this is why we still have hope for Shyamalan." People need to give up that hope already, because the entire concept and motivation of Samuel L. Jackson's character in this movie is just silly, making it yet another not-awesome movie. Slow and boring is not the same as meaningful and dramatic. It really can be just slow and boring.

I'm pretty sure I just wrote a real unpopular opinion. While I love the IDEA of these unpopular opinion articles, how did this one slip through the cracks?
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10:23PM on 07/07/2010
While I humbly disagree, I do very much appreciate a real different take on the film.
While I humbly disagree, I do very much appreciate a real different take on the film.
1:41PM on 07/07/2010

How is this he unpopular opinion?

Literally, everyone I know (who's seen this, and that I've talked to about it) has bloody loved it. From the extremely casual movie-goer, to the crazy film buff, I fail to see how this is the UNPOPULAR opinion!

Also, it opened up 2nd it's first weekend, and made a grand total of $248,118,121 in theaters alone. Not too shabby. Combine that that an almost decade long of being able to be rented on DVD and telling friends and so on and so forth, while maybe at the time people were "meh" to it,
Literally, everyone I know (who's seen this, and that I've talked to about it) has bloody loved it. From the extremely casual movie-goer, to the crazy film buff, I fail to see how this is the UNPOPULAR opinion!

Also, it opened up 2nd it's first weekend, and made a grand total of $248,118,121 in theaters alone. Not too shabby. Combine that that an almost decade long of being able to be rented on DVD and telling friends and so on and so forth, while maybe at the time people were "meh" to it, it has definitely grown into something the majority of the people love.

Finally, to say this: "the cold, patient, [link] cinematography is something Night seems to have forgotten about in his last few flicks" is hilariously wrong. Say what you will about his abilities as a writer, but I challenge any and everyone to say that his films, starting with "The Village" onward, don't have amazing cinematography or incredible camera angles, because YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DO SO! Shyamalan's camerawork has always been his strong suit, and even in his weaker films, the man has an incredible eye for that sort of thing. Please see the "monster's painting the doors red" scene in "The Village, the "scrunt attack with Giamatti" in "Lady In The Water", the "gun gets passed around" sequence in "The Happening" (that may very will be one of his best), and then most of "The Last Airbender" from a visual standpoint, is breathtaking.

Actual watch (as in pay attention) to his movies, and you will see, he has not lost his ability with the camera at all. I find laughable that it was even suggested.
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10:11AM on 07/07/2010
I was expecting the opposite, as this has only ever been the popular opinion of the film on Joblo.com. For the record I wasn't expecting The Sixth Sense 2, and I still thought it was plodding, straining for symbolism, and ultimately silly. It should be noted that comic fans carry an accomodating bias for the film as well, especially in wake of mainstream failure.
I was expecting the opposite, as this has only ever been the popular opinion of the film on Joblo.com. For the record I wasn't expecting The Sixth Sense 2, and I still thought it was plodding, straining for symbolism, and ultimately silly. It should be noted that comic fans carry an accomodating bias for the film as well, especially in wake of mainstream failure.
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5:59AM on 07/07/2010

The problem I have with Unbreakable

Unbreakable never realized its full potential for me. It was a warm up film with a few great moments, but will never be fully satisfying. Night should have written Unbreakable as if it was going to the be only film, not the first part to a trilogy. It has no resolution for me. It's 2/3's of a story and then it ends and shows us some subtitles as if this is a bio-pic. Finding out that Dunne is a superhero and Elijah's a villain is a turning point, not an ending. At least for me. We already knew
Unbreakable never realized its full potential for me. It was a warm up film with a few great moments, but will never be fully satisfying. Night should have written Unbreakable as if it was going to the be only film, not the first part to a trilogy. It has no resolution for me. It's 2/3's of a story and then it ends and shows us some subtitles as if this is a bio-pic. Finding out that Dunne is a superhero and Elijah's a villain is a turning point, not an ending. At least for me. We already knew Dunne was a hero. The only surprise is Elijah's turn, but it's extremely passive anyway. We see a few flashbacks and that's it. There's other things I dislike about the movie, mainly the subplot with the son which felt extremely tacked on and a retread of the Sixth Sense, only that character had a reason to nearly cry in every scene. But I can forgive this movie. It's well made, but still needed another draft in the writing process, which is something I feel with almost all of Night's movies. It's like he writes a draft, sends it out, gets a few notes, and then that's it. A minorly edited second draft is the shooting script. I think this film would have been great if they nixed the son, focused more on Elijah and Dunne, and actually gave us an ending. Have Elijah create some kind of disaster that David has to stop. Of course David fails, but he survives without a scratch proving Eliah's theory. He comes back to the gallery and Elijah confesses and wants to be taken in. Why? Because the only way you can prove you're a great villain is if you can break fee. There's your setup for part 2 but with an actual resolution and it would have riveted the audience. That's why this didn't meet expectations. I really wanted to like it too. I was rooting for Shammy after the Sixth Sense.
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3:28AM on 07/07/2010

I agree except for the comeback

This was an awesome flick! So sad to see M. Night fall so hard. The Happening was absolute shit. After 3 good films, I think he's tapped. I hope he proves me wrong though.
This was an awesome flick! So sad to see M. Night fall so hard. The Happening was absolute shit. After 3 good films, I think he's tapped. I hope he proves me wrong though.
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2:47AM on 07/07/2010
Is this opinion really unpopular? I thought everyone loved this movie.
Is this opinion really unpopular? I thought everyone loved this movie.
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2:10AM on 07/07/2010

AGREED

This is the one M. Night movie I can watch over and over again, The Sixth Sense was good but once you know the end it kinda ruins the movie which is really one of the big problems with his movies in general.
This is the one M. Night movie I can watch over and over again, The Sixth Sense was good but once you know the end it kinda ruins the movie which is really one of the big problems with his movies in general.
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12:41AM on 07/07/2010

it's the truth...

and i still think that the greatness lies somewhere insine m.night, i really do, maybe people need to let him be. All the movies afterward could have been block busters except the plant movie, that was garbage. signs, lady in the water and the village all had extreme potential in my opinion, just the execution was off, gibson, giamati and hurt were well directed, but the pacing of the movies maybe took away from the experience. maybe m.night needs to stop looking for the complete mindfuck twist
and i still think that the greatness lies somewhere insine m.night, i really do, maybe people need to let him be. All the movies afterward could have been block busters except the plant movie, that was garbage. signs, lady in the water and the village all had extreme potential in my opinion, just the execution was off, gibson, giamati and hurt were well directed, but the pacing of the movies maybe took away from the experience. maybe m.night needs to stop looking for the complete mindfuck twist and just make a movie, his own movie, not someone else's material, and pick up the pace a bit.
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12:28AM on 07/07/2010

Fantastic article....!!!

I remember seeing it with my roomate in my senior year of college. We were a bit disappointed for the aforementioned reasons, but I think that is where I really started to learn more about how to "watch" a movie as opposed to just going and being entertained. Over the years when I catch it I will pick something new up out of it (a la Fight Club)....phenomenal movie and I hope M. Night goes back to this type of film making one day. [link] article!
I remember seeing it with my roomate in my senior year of college. We were a bit disappointed for the aforementioned reasons, but I think that is where I really started to learn more about how to "watch" a movie as opposed to just going and being entertained. Over the years when I catch it I will pick something new up out of it (a la Fight Club)....phenomenal movie and I hope M. Night goes back to this type of film making one day. [link] article!
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12:25AM on 07/07/2010

Fantastic article....!!!

I remember seeing it with my roomate in my senior year of college. We were a bit disappointed for the aforementioned reasons, but I think that is where I really started to learn more about how to "watch" a movie as opposed to just going and being entertained. Over the years when I catch it I will pick something new up out of it (a la Fight Club)....phenomenal movie and I hope M. Night goes back to this type of film making one day. [link] article!
I remember seeing it with my roomate in my senior year of college. We were a bit disappointed for the aforementioned reasons, but I think that is where I really started to learn more about how to "watch" a movie as opposed to just going and being entertained. Over the years when I catch it I will pick something new up out of it (a la Fight Club)....phenomenal movie and I hope M. Night goes back to this type of film making one day. [link] article!
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12:21AM on 07/07/2010
This movie is definitely his best, and probably the second most watchable (behind Signs). Watching Sixth Sense once was enough, it's really boring watching it knowing the twist instead of suspecting the twist.

I really wish they would do the sequel because this film feels very much like the first chapter of the story. It could be an amazing trilogy.

But what happened to Shyamalan? He was heralded as the next Spielberg round about the time of Signs...
This movie is definitely his best, and probably the second most watchable (behind Signs). Watching Sixth Sense once was enough, it's really boring watching it knowing the twist instead of suspecting the twist.

I really wish they would do the sequel because this film feels very much like the first chapter of the story. It could be an amazing trilogy.

But what happened to Shyamalan? He was heralded as the next Spielberg round about the time of Signs...
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11:55PM on 07/06/2010

hell yeah

Unbreakable is his best film. Period.
Unbreakable is his best film. Period.
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11:26PM on 07/06/2010

Unbreakable was surprisingly good.

and at the same time depressing as fuck. There's just something about M. Night Shyamalan movies that make me want to slit my wrists.

Even the light harted scenes in this movie, the characters seemed depressed. Like the weight lifting scene.

But all in all, it was a pretty original film. too bad M. Knight has gone WAY down hill.

just my two cents.

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and at the same time depressing as fuck. There's just something about M. Night Shyamalan movies that make me want to slit my wrists.

Even the light harted scenes in this movie, the characters seemed depressed. Like the weight lifting scene.

But all in all, it was a pretty original film. too bad M. Knight has gone WAY down hill.

just my two cents.

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10:36PM on 07/06/2010

Damn Straight!

Before Dark Knight, and before it, Batman Begins, Unbreakable was my all time favorite Super Hero Movie. It was so real. Filled with tension that makes shin splints feel like a long massage with the happy ending. Night's Magnum Opus deserves better.
Before Dark Knight, and before it, Batman Begins, Unbreakable was my all time favorite Super Hero Movie. It was so real. Filled with tension that makes shin splints feel like a long massage with the happy ending. Night's Magnum Opus deserves better.
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8:10PM on 07/06/2010

The REAL unpopular opinion

While "Unbreakable" wasn't Night's worst movie, it still feels like a big waste of time and talent. An interesting hook early on (Bruce Willis is unhurt after a train crash!) leads to a story that goes nowhere and a tacked-on twist. Sam Jackson's good screen presence is wasted in a film that feels mopey and directionless.

To its credit, "Unbreakable" is a better movie than the silly "Signs" or the absolutely terrible "The Village", but it's still a weak product from a filmmaker with an
While "Unbreakable" wasn't Night's worst movie, it still feels like a big waste of time and talent. An interesting hook early on (Bruce Willis is unhurt after a train crash!) leads to a story that goes nowhere and a tacked-on twist. Sam Jackson's good screen presence is wasted in a film that feels mopey and directionless.

To its credit, "Unbreakable" is a better movie than the silly "Signs" or the absolutely terrible "The Village", but it's still a weak product from a filmmaker with an extremely low batting average.
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6:11PM on 07/06/2010
Unbreakable is one of those movies that moves slowly, but pays off if you really py attention to what's going on. i can understand how a lot of people wouldn't have the patience and miss out on this. when i watched it, it blew my mind. i like Unbreakable better than any other of M's movies.
Unbreakable is one of those movies that moves slowly, but pays off if you really py attention to what's going on. i can understand how a lot of people wouldn't have the patience and miss out on this. when i watched it, it blew my mind. i like Unbreakable better than any other of M's movies.
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5:50PM on 07/06/2010
So far this column is a 2 for 2 hit with me. Unbreakable is the ONLY good Shyamalan film but at this point I have no faith in a sequel being good. M. Night has squandered his talent on four horrible movies and I really don't think that the genius who conceived Unbreakable even exists anymore.
So far this column is a 2 for 2 hit with me. Unbreakable is the ONLY good Shyamalan film but at this point I have no faith in a sequel being good. M. Night has squandered his talent on four horrible movies and I really don't think that the genius who conceived Unbreakable even exists anymore.
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5:47PM on 07/06/2010

My favorite film!!!

I saw this at an opening day matinee while in film school and I was a different man when I walked out of the theater then I was when I walked in. Easily Night's most superior film for a variety of reasons.
It has a cerebral quality that gets into the heads of not only the characters but the audience as well, the cinematography tells the story in every sense, the use of foreground and background and sound are incredible. Fantastic filmmaking on the level of the greats and easily one of the
I saw this at an opening day matinee while in film school and I was a different man when I walked out of the theater then I was when I walked in. Easily Night's most superior film for a variety of reasons.
It has a cerebral quality that gets into the heads of not only the characters but the audience as well, the cinematography tells the story in every sense, the use of foreground and background and sound are incredible. Fantastic filmmaking on the level of the greats and easily one of the best superhero films ever done.
As the film ended I remember sitting in my seat, in shock at what I just saw, and freaking in love with Night as a filmmaker. His decline is very shocking as he has not only not done something as good as this in recent years but he has gone in a polar opposite direction and made flat out bad films. I am of the opinion as well that Unbreakable 2, if done right and with the same heart could be his return to cinematic greatness but that's probably a pipe dream and admittedly would be a huge risk to this films legacy. If you haven't seen it do yourself a favor and just go buy it today.
PS. Night said in an interview that of all his films this is the one people will tell him is their favorite of his. I'm not surprised.
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5:37PM on 07/06/2010
glad to see this column used in a positive light, I take back my previous negative comment. Great job Aaron!
glad to see this column used in a positive light, I take back my previous negative comment. Great job Aaron!
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6:43PM on 07/06/2010
thanks amigo
thanks amigo
5:19PM on 07/06/2010
Think I'll go rewatch and enjoy it now :)
Think I'll go rewatch and enjoy it now :)
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4:35PM on 07/06/2010
This is the only M. Night film I own on DVD. Also, this is one of his movies that doesn't rely so heavily on a twist ending, and for that reason makes it re-watchable without changing the whole gist of the movie.
This is the only M. Night film I own on DVD. Also, this is one of his movies that doesn't rely so heavily on a twist ending, and for that reason makes it re-watchable without changing the whole gist of the movie.
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4:29PM on 07/06/2010
signs was the shayalmanalanahan killer for me. "Swing away!" Are you kidding me? Two hours of dragging and noises for that ending.

Unbreakable was a great movie. For some reason, it didnt immediately catch on, and ever since then Shayamlaaananahanayan has been trying too hard. when, in fact, more people loved unbreakable than hated it.
signs was the shayalmanalanahan killer for me. "Swing away!" Are you kidding me? Two hours of dragging and noises for that ending.

Unbreakable was a great movie. For some reason, it didnt immediately catch on, and ever since then Shayamlaaananahanayan has been trying too hard. when, in fact, more people loved unbreakable than hated it.
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4:25PM on 07/06/2010
I'm so glad that this film is finally getting the respect it deserves. I've had to defend this film and Shyamalan for many years since I first saw this on dvd. Everything about the film is absolutely perfect. The writing is brilliant and the directing is fantastic. This is one of the films that inspired me to be a screenwriter and filmmaker. I love that Shyamalan's films are all so original. He creates unique stories and tells them the way that he wants to tell them. All of his films have some
I'm so glad that this film is finally getting the respect it deserves. I've had to defend this film and Shyamalan for many years since I first saw this on dvd. Everything about the film is absolutely perfect. The writing is brilliant and the directing is fantastic. This is one of the films that inspired me to be a screenwriter and filmmaker. I love that Shyamalan's films are all so original. He creates unique stories and tells them the way that he wants to tell them. All of his films have some supernatural element to them but at the core they are great character pieces. Sure Unbreakable is a superhero movie, but it's really about a man finding his purpose in the world. The characters he creates are so believable and relatable.

Speaking of the kid I thought he did a pretty good job. The scene at the dinner table when he pulls the gun is by far my favorite one. It is one of the most tense scenes I have ever seen in a movie. There are so many layers to it. Here is a young kid pointing a loaded gun at his father with full intention to shoot him. That is seriously messed up when you think about it. I love that no body knows what will happen if that trigger is pulled. The characters don't know and we, the audience, don't know. It makes that scene still seem tense even after watching it hundreds of times.
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4:22PM on 07/06/2010
my favorite film by shamalamam. blew my mind the first time i saw it. fun to go back and re-watch to pick up new things throughout. excellent.
my favorite film by shamalamam. blew my mind the first time i saw it. fun to go back and re-watch to pick up new things throughout. excellent.
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4:18PM on 07/06/2010
Excellent movie. If you haven't seen it, do so. You need to have patience. I f you like MTV style movies, this one is not for you. Also, if you have ADD or ADHD, forget it. Play video games.
Excellent movie. If you haven't seen it, do so. You need to have patience. I f you like MTV style movies, this one is not for you. Also, if you have ADD or ADHD, forget it. Play video games.
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3:40PM on 07/06/2010

Agreed!

No argument here, Unbreakable is a great film! Very underrated too.
No argument here, Unbreakable is a great film! Very underrated too.
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5:39PM on 07/06/2010
By whom? Who underrates this movie? Everyone I have ever talked to about it loves this movie.
By whom? Who underrates this movie? Everyone I have ever talked to about it loves this movie.
3:28PM on 07/06/2010
i own this movie on DVD as well as The Sixth Sense and Signs and i love them all but Unbreakable is the only one of these i can watch over and over and never get tired of...always glad to hear good things about it
i own this movie on DVD as well as The Sixth Sense and Signs and i love them all but Unbreakable is the only one of these i can watch over and over and never get tired of...always glad to hear good things about it
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3:23PM on 07/06/2010
Unbreakable warmed up to me, I saw it when it first came out and kept waiting for something to happen as most kids my age prolly did.

I then later saw it a few years ago and loved it. It really is an interesting story with interesting characters. I am actually not sure how they could make a sequel to it and keep the mystery and suspense going...
Unbreakable warmed up to me, I saw it when it first came out and kept waiting for something to happen as most kids my age prolly did.

I then later saw it a few years ago and loved it. It really is an interesting story with interesting characters. I am actually not sure how they could make a sequel to it and keep the mystery and suspense going...
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2:47PM on 07/06/2010

Well Said.

That was a fantastic revisit.
That was a fantastic revisit.
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12:28AM on 07/07/2010
Indeed....
Indeed....
2:35PM on 07/06/2010
Haven't seen Unbreakable but a lot of people I know who watched it later and realized it was great.

I think my opinion is probably more unpopular. I love Lady in the Water and The Village :P
Haven't seen Unbreakable but a lot of people I know who watched it later and realized it was great.

I think my opinion is probably more unpopular. I love Lady in the Water and The Village :P
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3:21PM on 07/06/2010
i kind of get why some people like The Village but how and the hell can anyone have liked Lady and the Water? i literally got up and booed in a pack theater when it was over
i kind of get why some people like The Village but how and the hell can anyone have liked Lady and the Water? i literally got up and booed in a pack theater when it was over
5:38PM on 07/06/2010
I like all his movies, with The Village being my favorite. It's brilliant. I applaud you!
I like all his movies, with The Village being my favorite. It's brilliant. I applaud you!
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2:31PM on 07/06/2010

Alas,

I share the optimistic opinion of Aaron the H that M. Night will have another calling. In fact, I have the very unpopular opinion that he's never stopped making decent films. I didn't love The Happening but compared with the crap I see in 85% of the theatres playing near me, it wasn't that bad. For M. Night it was the most terrible piece of sh*t (I haven't seen The Last Airbender but it sounds like that might be panning out the same way...)

Whatever the case, my belief is that M. Night
I share the optimistic opinion of Aaron the H that M. Night will have another calling. In fact, I have the very unpopular opinion that he's never stopped making decent films. I didn't love The Happening but compared with the crap I see in 85% of the theatres playing near me, it wasn't that bad. For M. Night it was the most terrible piece of sh*t (I haven't seen The Last Airbender but it sounds like that might be panning out the same way...)

Whatever the case, my belief is that M. Night needs to move away from writing his own films and focus on finding a story that he can tell in his own M. Night fashion. He's written everything he's ever directed (at least for the big screen) and I think he's run out of fresh, fun ideas.

I'll always give M. Night a pass and I'll wait patiently for his triumphant return to his former glory and laugh at all those who jumped ship after The Village (If you said you guessed the ending, your an F-ing liar!)
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5:30PM on 07/06/2010
Yes, absolutely yes!

All his films (imo, including "Airbender") have been better than 90% of most films with a wide release.
Yes, absolutely yes!

All his films (imo, including "Airbender") have been better than 90% of most films with a wide release.
2:26PM on 07/06/2010

Great Article, Although...

It's not so much the UNpopular opinion anymore. When I tell people that Unbreakable is one of my favorite films most people will actually agree with me. Though it might of have gotten a lot of flack when it came out. Unbreakable seems to be like fine wine. A movie that gets better with age. Hopefully Where The WIld Things Are gets the same treatment.
It's not so much the UNpopular opinion anymore. When I tell people that Unbreakable is one of my favorite films most people will actually agree with me. Though it might of have gotten a lot of flack when it came out. Unbreakable seems to be like fine wine. A movie that gets better with age. Hopefully Where The WIld Things Are gets the same treatment.
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2:22PM on 07/06/2010
Love unbreakable, but I disagree with the Shyamalayan love, and one of the things I hated about the movie was that kid, always soo dramatic and sad for no reason...it seemed too forced, and the way Bruce found his "power" to find some baddies was just too convenient. Still. I love both WIllis and Jackson in this. "THey call me Mr Glass".
Love unbreakable, but I disagree with the Shyamalayan love, and one of the things I hated about the movie was that kid, always soo dramatic and sad for no reason...it seemed too forced, and the way Bruce found his "power" to find some baddies was just too convenient. Still. I love both WIllis and Jackson in this. "THey call me Mr Glass".
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1:52PM on 07/06/2010
I agree that Unbreakable was fantastic. The biggest complaint I hear is about the ending. I do, however, think it is one of the great superhero tales of cinema. I remember being surprised to find out what the film was really about and really enjoying this superhero origin story. It's a shame really, Shyamalan's films are so poor these days, the quality decreasing with every film since Lady in the Water (I thought The Village was actually still quite well done and told), that people seem to view
I agree that Unbreakable was fantastic. The biggest complaint I hear is about the ending. I do, however, think it is one of the great superhero tales of cinema. I remember being surprised to find out what the film was really about and really enjoying this superhero origin story. It's a shame really, Shyamalan's films are so poor these days, the quality decreasing with every film since Lady in the Water (I thought The Village was actually still quite well done and told), that people seem to view his previous films, with the exception of Sixth Sense, in a more negative light. Obviously, the Sixth Sense is an undeniable modern classic. His other films, however, were already debated by people. For me, his first four films were all very entertaining and endearing. But Unbreakable, I think, was the kind of film you only see once in a great while.

If it had been released now, I think the film might have been received better. These days, we're looking for that different kind of superhero film, like what we find in Kick Ass and Watchmen. With so much familiarity in the genre, I think people might have liked Unbreakable a bit better for it's original and more realistic take on the genre. And, I am not afraid to say that the film was probably ahead of it's time. Maybe a little too far ahead.
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1:47PM on 07/06/2010
This is definitely my favourite movie by Shyamalan. The choice of colours he used to shoot the movie, primarily greys, darker blues and earth tones really sets the atmosphere and mood to watch Willis finally rise to his role as a protector and "hero". I would definitely love to see a sequel, barring the film isn't just another reason to cash a paycheck.
This is definitely my favourite movie by Shyamalan. The choice of colours he used to shoot the movie, primarily greys, darker blues and earth tones really sets the atmosphere and mood to watch Willis finally rise to his role as a protector and "hero". I would definitely love to see a sequel, barring the film isn't just another reason to cash a paycheck.
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1:44PM on 07/06/2010
Definitely agree. Unbreakable is his best film and I'm leaning towards the idea that he will never make another film on par with it. He's just lost too many chances.

I can back up that The Village was the most mismarketed film in history, but The Happening was a cinematic travesty. There was no depth, there was no hidden agenda, only a filmmakers ambition spiraling out of control. It started with Signs which was a really great film until the cop-out and frankly quite goofy ending. I didn't
Definitely agree. Unbreakable is his best film and I'm leaning towards the idea that he will never make another film on par with it. He's just lost too many chances.

I can back up that The Village was the most mismarketed film in history, but The Happening was a cinematic travesty. There was no depth, there was no hidden agenda, only a filmmakers ambition spiraling out of control. It started with Signs which was a really great film until the cop-out and frankly quite goofy ending. I didn't catch Lady in the Water, but I've heard only terrible things. And I won't be anywhere near a theatre playing Last Airbender.

He's kind of like the Eminem of film. Eminem started off as a groundbreaking, amazing lyricist and was on his way to becoming the best rapper of all time and then he made Encore, never to recover again.
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1:39PM on 07/06/2010

really?

This movie was good, but that kid is probably one of the worst to be on screen.
This movie was good, but that kid is probably one of the worst to be on screen.
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1:31PM on 07/06/2010
The end is shameful.
The end is shameful.
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1:23PM on 07/06/2010
I have so far enjoyed ALL of Shyamalan's films. Yes, even The Happening and The Last Airbender. The Happening had some poor acting, granted, but it also had great themes, an unnerving atmosphere and amazing cinematography. People love to hate on M. Night's recent flicks (usually starting with The Village) and I just don't get it. The Village is incredibly underrated, as is Lady in the Water. His recent films may not speak to the masses as well as The Sixth Sense and Signs, but I think he just
I have so far enjoyed ALL of Shyamalan's films. Yes, even The Happening and The Last Airbender. The Happening had some poor acting, granted, but it also had great themes, an unnerving atmosphere and amazing cinematography. People love to hate on M. Night's recent flicks (usually starting with The Village) and I just don't get it. The Village is incredibly underrated, as is Lady in the Water. His recent films may not speak to the masses as well as The Sixth Sense and Signs, but I think he just got lucky with those hits. IMO, all of his films are as good as his first few. They just didn't speak to as wide an audience. I know people who literally wept at the climax of Lady in the Water. Just because it wasn't widely accepted doesn't mean it didn't speak to a number of people, myself included.
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1:10PM on 07/06/2010

Box Office

The box office doesn't lie people! After The Last Airbender finishes its run, Unbreakable will be M. Night's 5th highest grossing film. Out of 7. Don't forget that this column isn't just about what's Unpopular to the Joblo audience, it's more about what's Unpopular with the world. This is definitely not a beloved film on a worldwide basis.
The box office doesn't lie people! After The Last Airbender finishes its run, Unbreakable will be M. Night's 5th highest grossing film. Out of 7. Don't forget that this column isn't just about what's Unpopular to the Joblo audience, it's more about what's Unpopular with the world. This is definitely not a beloved film on a worldwide basis.
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4:25PM on 07/06/2010
You are wrong, and here's why: You are simply basing this off it's total theatrical run, which was years ago, and it was a pretty decent hit back then, being number two the weekend it came out (it made a worldwide box office sum of $248,118,121). which is pretty good, especially considering how much cheaper the tickets were back then, plus, your excluding whatever life and momentum it gained through DVD.

Aaron also states that he's basing this on the fact that he thinks the average person on
You are wrong, and here's why: You are simply basing this off it's total theatrical run, which was years ago, and it was a pretty decent hit back then, being number two the weekend it came out (it made a worldwide box office sum of $248,118,121). which is pretty good, especially considering how much cheaper the tickets were back then, plus, your excluding whatever life and momentum it gained through DVD.

Aaron also states that he's basing this on the fact that he thinks the average person on the street doesn't give this film enough credit, which has jack all to do with box office success. Aaron, however, is wrong about that "fact".
12:39PM on 07/06/2010

Unbreakable 2 would have been sick!!!

I'm not sure your quite on target with this one. I actually think most people really like Unbreakable and has become even more revered than The Sixth Sense. I think Shyamalan's biggest career misstep was not making Unbreakable 2 after Signs. The first film is a perfect set-up for an original super-hero universe.
I'm not sure your quite on target with this one. I actually think most people really like Unbreakable and has become even more revered than The Sixth Sense. I think Shyamalan's biggest career misstep was not making Unbreakable 2 after Signs. The first film is a perfect set-up for an original super-hero universe.
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12:19PM on 07/06/2010
M. Night is far from over making great movies. Unbreakable was only one in many good films like Signs, The Village, and the Happening, all of whom were quite misunderstood and underrated. The Village is a fantastic commentary on the government and grief, and The Happening is a morbid little take on the bee epidemic and the potential for planetary defenses. Love M. Night. He is the man.
M. Night is far from over making great movies. Unbreakable was only one in many good films like Signs, The Village, and the Happening, all of whom were quite misunderstood and underrated. The Village is a fantastic commentary on the government and grief, and The Happening is a morbid little take on the bee epidemic and the potential for planetary defenses. Love M. Night. He is the man.
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1:14PM on 07/06/2010
Terminal, my brother, presuming you're not being sarcastic, I agree wholeheartedly. M. Night may be the most misunderstood director of all time.
Terminal, my brother, presuming you're not being sarcastic, I agree wholeheartedly. M. Night may be the most misunderstood director of all time.
1:57PM on 07/06/2010
Nope, not being sarcastic at all. I am a major M. Night fan.
Nope, not being sarcastic at all. I am a major M. Night fan.
4:20PM on 07/06/2010
I couldn't agree more! I am soo glad to find others that view his later films in the proper way!

You said it perfectly.
I couldn't agree more! I am soo glad to find others that view his later films in the proper way!

You said it perfectly.
9:28PM on 07/06/2010
Thanks!
Thanks!
12:16PM on 07/06/2010

When

When I talk to strangers about Unbreakable, they all call it an amazing film. One bloke I met at a party last week called it his all-time favorite film.
When I talk to strangers about Unbreakable, they all call it an amazing film. One bloke I met at a party last week called it his all-time favorite film.
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12:05PM on 07/06/2010

Confused

I thought this article was called UNpopular Opinion. Amongst JoBlo subscribers especially, Unbreakable is revered as an amazing movie. Maybe after the last article you wanted to get everyone on your side again. Have some guts next time, I enjoyed your last piece.
I thought this article was called UNpopular Opinion. Amongst JoBlo subscribers especially, Unbreakable is revered as an amazing movie. Maybe after the last article you wanted to get everyone on your side again. Have some guts next time, I enjoyed your last piece.
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12:02PM on 07/06/2010

Thought provoking...

So I have seen most of M. Night's movies (up until recently when I finally gave up). I really like The Sixth Sense and was one of the "meh"s for Unbreakable. Since then I have hated everything he's done (I completely abhorred Signs).

But after having read your article, Aaron, I'm going to add Unbreakable to my queue and give it another shot. It's been YEARS since I saw it, maybe now I'll see the things that others are really appreciating in this flick.
So I have seen most of M. Night's movies (up until recently when I finally gave up). I really like The Sixth Sense and was one of the "meh"s for Unbreakable. Since then I have hated everything he's done (I completely abhorred Signs).

But after having read your article, Aaron, I'm going to add Unbreakable to my queue and give it another shot. It's been YEARS since I saw it, maybe now I'll see the things that others are really appreciating in this flick.
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12:00PM on 07/06/2010

Overrated!

Well, even "Unbreakable" wasn´t as bad as Shyamalan last few flics he has already shown that he was a one trick pony. Oh and the acting, Willis best work? Are you serious, he seems to sleepwalk troughout the whole movie never and shows any emotion (yeah, it get it, thats a quite, subtle performance for you)! And that kiddo playing his son wasn´t good either, saving the same "astonished" facial impression trough the whole movie! The only saving grace was Sam L. Jackson´s performance. But the
Well, even "Unbreakable" wasn´t as bad as Shyamalan last few flics he has already shown that he was a one trick pony. Oh and the acting, Willis best work? Are you serious, he seems to sleepwalk troughout the whole movie never and shows any emotion (yeah, it get it, thats a quite, subtle performance for you)! And that kiddo playing his son wasn´t good either, saving the same "astonished" facial impression trough the whole movie! The only saving grace was Sam L. Jackson´s performance. But the stupid twist at the end pretty much ruined the character for me. Oh yeah, and the movie was boring as hell!!! BTW: "Appreciated by a few wise ones"??? Yeah, someone seems to have a pretty high opinion of himself while playing up to the crowd! Guess, I should have written that article!
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5:36PM on 07/06/2010
While I do disagree with you, I love the movie, I do think maybe you should have written it, because at least it is the unpopular one, unlike Aaron's constant barrage of same old, same old. (minus his "Basterds" one, in which he simply had the worst reasoning ever, ever, ever).
While I do disagree with you, I love the movie, I do think maybe you should have written it, because at least it is the unpopular one, unlike Aaron's constant barrage of same old, same old. (minus his "Basterds" one, in which he simply had the worst reasoning ever, ever, ever).
11:49AM on 07/06/2010
Looking at the title, I thought you were going to trash the film. Haha. That was close. I agree with your opinion. I think it's a fantastic superhero film.
Looking at the title, I thought you were going to trash the film. Haha. That was close. I agree with your opinion. I think it's a fantastic superhero film.
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11:46AM on 07/06/2010
I have always said that Unbreakable is one of the best comic booksuperhero movies and the best M. Night movie to date. To have new characters steeped in pulp lore, defined what a self-aware super hero movie could be.
Contrary to some beliefs, being a cinephile and part of the "super hero herd" do not have to be mutually exclusive. You can be both with out one taking away from the other, as long as the super hero movies are as well put together as Unbreakable.
I have always said that Unbreakable is one of the best comic booksuperhero movies and the best M. Night movie to date. To have new characters steeped in pulp lore, defined what a self-aware super hero movie could be.
Contrary to some beliefs, being a cinephile and part of the "super hero herd" do not have to be mutually exclusive. You can be both with out one taking away from the other, as long as the super hero movies are as well put together as Unbreakable.
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11:39AM on 07/06/2010

In the next 'The Unpopular Opinion'

We'll learn that at least Aaron is giving The Godfather some love.
We'll learn that at least Aaron is giving The Godfather some love.
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11:33AM on 07/06/2010
I've always loved this movie. I went in to it seeing only the teaser trailer, so I had no idea where the story was going. I was intrigued the entire time and I really loved how the story played out. For me, this is M. Night's best film, and I'm sad to see how the quality of his work has deteriorated in recent years (I hear The Last Airbender is no improvement). I hope he gets his groove back... soon.
I've always loved this movie. I went in to it seeing only the teaser trailer, so I had no idea where the story was going. I was intrigued the entire time and I really loved how the story played out. For me, this is M. Night's best film, and I'm sad to see how the quality of his work has deteriorated in recent years (I hear The Last Airbender is no improvement). I hope he gets his groove back... soon.
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11:24AM on 07/06/2010
I'm dreaming with you, buddy. I'd like to see an Unbreakable 2 as well. And while I did like Unbreakable, I do understand why people, like CriticalBill6966, didn't like it. It's biggest flaw is its slow pacing.
I'm dreaming with you, buddy. I'd like to see an Unbreakable 2 as well. And while I did like Unbreakable, I do understand why people, like CriticalBill6966, didn't like it. It's biggest flaw is its slow pacing.
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11:16AM on 07/06/2010

I know I'm in the minority here...

since everyone I talk to loves this flick but I personally can't stand it. It's boring and borderline stupid. All the acting is fucking wooden and they speak like they are in a libary. Add on the shit "suprise" ending and you got a sorry example for a movie.

Why the hell would anyone want a sequal? The roles of Willis and Jackson are so damn onesided. Willis is super strong and is crippled by water...so unless he's fighting in a pool, or out in a storm, he can tear up anyone. Jackson
since everyone I talk to loves this flick but I personally can't stand it. It's boring and borderline stupid. All the acting is fucking wooden and they speak like they are in a libary. Add on the shit "suprise" ending and you got a sorry example for a movie.

Why the hell would anyone want a sequal? The roles of Willis and Jackson are so damn onesided. Willis is super strong and is crippled by water...so unless he's fighting in a pool, or out in a storm, he can tear up anyone. Jackson on the other hand shatters a bone if somone unleashes a strong fart at him.

I can see part two:
Open credits
Willis punches Jackson's face
End credits
Over in 5 mins tops. Stupid!!!

Night only hit all the right notes in Signs, now its time for him to go.
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11:20AM on 07/06/2010
I agree totally and would like to add M.Nigfht should stop miscasting himself in his films because he sucks.

truthfully i didnt bother an opinion here because anything with super powers is going to be revered by the nerd herd on this site. They outnumber the cinephiles a 100 to 1.
I agree totally and would like to add M.Nigfht should stop miscasting himself in his films because he sucks.

truthfully i didnt bother an opinion here because anything with super powers is going to be revered by the nerd herd on this site. They outnumber the cinephiles a 100 to 1.
11:22AM on 07/06/2010
I'm in favour of this movie, but I do agree that there is no point for a sequel.
I'm in favour of this movie, but I do agree that there is no point for a sequel.
11:47AM on 07/06/2010
Definitely enjoyed Signs better. While I don't think it hit "all the right notes," as you say, I agree it's a superior film. Great pacing, good and simple performances, and creepy as hell until just before the end. All-around solid flick.

Joaquin reacting to the TV in the closet -- one of my favorite film moments of all time.
Definitely enjoyed Signs better. While I don't think it hit "all the right notes," as you say, I agree it's a superior film. Great pacing, good and simple performances, and creepy as hell until just before the end. All-around solid flick.

Joaquin reacting to the TV in the closet -- one of my favorite film moments of all time.
12:05PM on 07/06/2010
Thumbs, I totally hear you on the superhero thing. I just roll my eyes everytime I hear someone says Incredibles is the best Pixar film. I did like Unbreakable though but it seems like 1 out of every 10 movies with super powers as part of their plot is actually good. I'll be excited when superhero movies are a thing of the past.
Thumbs, I totally hear you on the superhero thing. I just roll my eyes everytime I hear someone says Incredibles is the best Pixar film. I did like Unbreakable though but it seems like 1 out of every 10 movies with super powers as part of their plot is actually good. I'll be excited when superhero movies are a thing of the past.
2:30PM on 07/06/2010
Brer, you are totally right. i love super hero movies, too. But i love films more than comic books. I feel like anything of a comic nature gets a pass around here instead of being judged by film standards. I paid to see Unbreakable because i thought it was a great idea. Upon viewing it i knew as far as M.Night goes the emperor had no clothes. and he's been proving me right time and time again.
Brer, you are totally right. i love super hero movies, too. But i love films more than comic books. I feel like anything of a comic nature gets a pass around here instead of being judged by film standards. I paid to see Unbreakable because i thought it was a great idea. Upon viewing it i knew as far as M.Night goes the emperor had no clothes. and he's been proving me right time and time again.
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11:13AM on 07/06/2010
if you want a battle you should state an opinion about Juno/Diablo Cody. ANY opinion should do the trick
if you want a battle you should state an opinion about Juno/Diablo Cody. ANY opinion should do the trick
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10:56AM on 07/06/2010

UNBREAKABLE unpopular?? on JoBlo.. Really??

I agree with Thumbs and ZombiePlatypus.. I thought u were going to admit to not liking it.. While the article is great. Let's stop pretending you think it's unpopular to like UNBREAKABLE.. U knew people would come to your defense. U just wanted attention.. admit it.. Or maybe u were trying to create your own twist. In that case LOL
I agree with Thumbs and ZombiePlatypus.. I thought u were going to admit to not liking it.. While the article is great. Let's stop pretending you think it's unpopular to like UNBREAKABLE.. U knew people would come to your defense. U just wanted attention.. admit it.. Or maybe u were trying to create your own twist. In that case LOL
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10:55AM on 07/06/2010

Perfect movie

Where is the real Shyamalan & what happened to him???
Where is the real Shyamalan & what happened to him???
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10:20AM on 07/06/2010
did you think this would be an unpopular opinion on Joblo? It's referenced constantly here.
did you think this would be an unpopular opinion on Joblo? It's referenced constantly here.
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9:58AM on 07/06/2010
I always thought it was popular opinion that Unbreakable is great...
I always thought it was popular opinion that Unbreakable is great...
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9:56AM on 07/06/2010

Another awesome article Aaron!

I really feel like this is a very underrated film outside of film buffs. It doesn't insult your intelligence like 99% of the films that come out these days. I really loved The Sixth Sense, but in my heart Unbreakable really struck a chord. I mean we all know we can't see dead people, but we always wonder what we are capable of physically in an intense situation. It was a superhero film that I found easier to relate to that say Batman or Iron Man...maybe because I'm not a billionaire either
I really feel like this is a very underrated film outside of film buffs. It doesn't insult your intelligence like 99% of the films that come out these days. I really loved The Sixth Sense, but in my heart Unbreakable really struck a chord. I mean we all know we can't see dead people, but we always wonder what we are capable of physically in an intense situation. It was a superhero film that I found easier to relate to that say Batman or Iron Man...maybe because I'm not a billionaire either lol!
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9:23AM on 07/06/2010

M. Night's finest movie to date

Agree with everything said here. Funnily enough my Dad and I had this debate the other day, I for, him against. I stand by this film as a massive fan. I loved how the plot unfolded gently to it's final reveal. I love this movie.
Agree with everything said here. Funnily enough my Dad and I had this debate the other day, I for, him against. I stand by this film as a massive fan. I loved how the plot unfolded gently to it's final reveal. I love this movie.
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9:17AM on 07/06/2010

M. Night's true masterpiece...

Far ahead of it's time and a big risk for audiences. I for one think that this was M. Night's golden egg. Powerful film.
Far ahead of it's time and a big risk for audiences. I for one think that this was M. Night's golden egg. Powerful film.
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9:16AM on 07/06/2010
Great article and I completely agree. I do know a lot of people who absolutely love Unbreakable, but I'm still glad you wrote about it.

Unbreakable came along right at the beginning of the "Super-hero movie renaissance" and I think it would have done better, commercially, if it had opened sometime later.

It was simply, ahead of its time.
Great article and I completely agree. I do know a lot of people who absolutely love Unbreakable, but I'm still glad you wrote about it.

Unbreakable came along right at the beginning of the "Super-hero movie renaissance" and I think it would have done better, commercially, if it had opened sometime later.

It was simply, ahead of its time.
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