James McAvoy is the clear standout in Shyamalan’s "Glass." UNIVERSAL PICTURES
James McAvoy is the clear standout in Shyamalan's "Glass." UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has directed some great films in his past, but also some serious clunkers.

His first feature film was "The Sixth Sense," the Bruce Willis film about a psychologist who cares for a young boy with a peculiar ability. You know, it's the movie with that famous line: "I see dead people." It's a masterfully crafted story with a twist that goes down in film history as one of the best.

Some of his worst, however, include "The Village," "The Lady in the Water," "The Last Airbender," "After Earth" and "The Happening." When it was announced that he would be making another film, it was difficult to jump on board the hype train.

In the year 2000, he came out with a movie called "Unbreakable," a film of that, I admit, I haven't seen. It's the first of a trilogy about two individuals with superpowers who don't always use their strengths for good. The next film in this installment was "Split," a thriller about a super-strong man named Kevin who has a serious case of multiple personalities.

In the third and final installment, "Glass," Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's characters from "Unbreakable" meet up with James McAvoy's Kevin in a mental institution where a psychologist attempts to convince them that they aren't superheroes.


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The performances are pretty good for the most part, with McAvoy being the clear standout. Bruce Willis as David Dunn doesn't have as much screen time as you would think, and Jackson's Mr. Glass doesn't come into the film until about what seems like halfway in, despite his character's name being the title of the film. Even then, he doesn't do or say all that much, as his character is immobile and unable to speak. He does give us plenty of weird eye twitches, though.

The characters have interesting characteristics but, unfortunately, these unique superheroes don't get to do as much as one would expect.

The first 40 minutes or so of "Glass" consists of Dr. Ellie Staple (an incredibly bland performance from Sarah Paulson) attempting to convince these three men that they don't have actual powers. It is surprisingly boring for the first half of the movie, but the action does kick in eventually. Even when it does, though, what happens toward the end is a bit of a disappointment.

Given the critical success of "Split," it was a bit of a surprise that "Glass" is a disappointment. The emotional connection with the characters, the slow start, the action and the ending were all underwhelming.

Worst scene: Every scene with Dr. Staple psychoanalyzing the main characters

Weirdest shot: GoPro fight sequence

Rewatchability: 25%

Grade: D+