Teen Review: ‘Glass’ shatters your ideas about superheroes

by Khari Dawson

It’s easy for me to say that whatever M. Night Shyamalan decides to do in the world of cinema, I will be trailing behind him like a circus elephant, convinced that he has a peanut in his hand. His latest project that has my trunk blowing is Glass, the latest and last movie of his trilogy that includes Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). This review contains spoilers and recaps of all movies in the trilogy, so, if you wish to be surprised about certain twists, you may not wish to read further.

First, Unbreakable was mostly about David Dunn (Bruce Willis),  the super-strong-never-been-sick security guard discovering that he indeed was super strong and reacting to his realized strength as he reflects that he has, well, never been sick.  

Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis portray super-humans with questionable integrity.

Split was about multiple people. Or, rather, it was about multiple personalities who lived inside of one man. This man, Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a victim of an extremely violent past, developed a mental disorder with over thirty alternate identities fighting for the use of his body. One of his personalities manifested as a superhuman animal-like being that could scale walls and murder people effortlessly.

In Unbreakable, we were introduced to the one and only Elijah Glass (Samuel L. Jackson)  who, without a doubt, started Dunn on his journey of self-awareness as a super-human. In turn, Dunn’s epiphany validated Glass’ belief that he was a super-villain. With fragile bones confining him to a wheelchair and the care of his doting mother, Glass was discovered to be a mass murderer and unrepentant genius who was behind numerous incidents that led to him meeting Dunn. Rightfully convinced that life imitates the comic books that he had been reading since childhood, he is the villain to David Dunn’s superhero, and this last movie in the trilogy is in tribute to him, bearing his name.

Samuel L. Jackson plays the titular role of the genius maniac Elijah Glass

In Glass, Elijah uses his mega intelligence and his mangled body to wreak havoc and bring situations to the outcome that he desires. Dunn and Glass are reunited and both encounter Crumb for the first time. All harbor the common goal to escape the institution they were all taken to, accused of falsely assuming themselves to be superheroes.

The movie is epic in its darkness. However, I’d recommend the whole family go to see it. There were comedic moments and action scenes that everyone would enjoy. James McAvoy never seems to disappoint as Kevin Wendell Crumb and his alters, bringing pockets of humor to the movie when it’s getting a little to intense for the viewers. He seems to effortlessly play each role as if each alter is really living within the depths of his person. Bruce Willis, as always, delivers his very hard, fearless, every-man persona that he does excellently every time as David Dunn. And then there is Sam Jackson.

I have to let out a chuckle before I speak on Sam Jackson. The intense feeling of voyeurism, smarts, and determination that Elijah Glass gives off all while either limping away on a cane or wheeling himself around in a wheelchair is phenomenal. Joining forces with The Beast (the scariest and strongest of Kevin’s alters) is all we really needed for this film to be worth watching. Along with its many twists and turns, perfect cinematography, and riveting score, Glass gets high praise from me.


Khari Dawson is a high-school sophomore and a film student at the Community College of Baltimore County. She writes music and movie reviews and enjoys concerts in her free time. Check out her work at ilove2writestories.com


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