Theatrical Reviews

Glass Review

Glass 1

Studio:
Walt Disney Pictures   

What’s It About?
Fusing together two of his previous films, Unbreakable and Split, M Night Shyamalan bring together Mr Glass, David Dunn and Kevin in a seemingly tantalising combo.   

Who’s In It?
Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, & more recently Death Wish)
James McAvoy (The Last King Of Scotland, X-Men First Class, & more recently Atomic Blonde)
Samuel L Jackson (Pulp Fiction, most Marvel films, & more recently Incredibles 2)

Other notables include:
Sarah Paulson (12 Years A Slave, American Horror Story, & more recently Ocean's Eight)

Director: M Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, & more recently Split)   

Audiences Expect:
M Night Shyamalan’s career is a bit like magnesium – burned ever so brightly to start with following hits such as Unbreakable, Sixth Sense and Signs, before going out almost as quickly with a string of disappointments. That is until his last film Split, which featured an incredible performance from James McAvoy with around 24 different personality roles, and one of Shyamalan’s best and most surprising twist, which introduced Mr Glass from Unbreakable into the same world as Split.
Needless to say, film fans were suitable excited to see what he could do with the mash up, entitled Glass. Alas, it is not without cracks.
Despite a brilliant opening, which reminds us of what a cracking performance McAvoy gave in Split, this time having abducted four more unfortunate victims, we are also reintroduced to a quieter, methodical David Dunn. By day a security consultant, by night a hooded vigilante nicknamed The Overseer.
The highpoint comes with a meeting of these two ‘supermen’, before the low when they are bundled into a psychiatric hospital, alongside third patient Mr Glass, under the watchful eye of Sarah Paulson’s Dr Staple. Despite initial interest, the film dramatically slows down with the three leads all separated in their cells, before a final act brings them all together in what proves to be a slightly underwhelming ending, marginally offset by a trademark Shyamalan twist.     

In A Nutshell:
An intriguing prospect, with a strong build up and great performances, but sadly doesn’t live up to its promise.     

Highlight:
The performances particularly James McAvoy  

Low point: 
Too much exposition
A disappointing ending overall

Certificate: 15

EDITOR’S CHOICE