If you like suspense and superheroes, look no further than M. Night Shyamalan’s 2019 film Glass, where the worlds of two previous films collide. To truly understand the story, you first need to know a bit about the previous films.
It all starts with Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable, where David Dunn (Bruce Willis) discovers his supernatural powers after being the only survivor of a deadly train crash with the help of Elijah Price (Samuel Jackson), a comic collector with brittle bones. The film ends with the discovery that Price caused many catastrophes to find superhumans, including the train crash, and was placed in an asylum for the criminally insane.
Next, we come to his 2016 film Split, where three girls are kidnapped by Kevin Wendell Crumb(James McAvoy), who has 23 diagnosed personalities and must escape before the murderous and supernaturally strong 24th emerges. As a side note, Crumb’s personalities call themselves The Horde.
They come together in Glass, where David Dunn uses his powers to track down The Horde, only for them both to be captured by Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) and placed in the same asylum as Elijah Price. There, Staple tries to treat them for their delusions of being superhuman while Price, now going by Mr. Glass, tries to orchestrate his escape.
The star power alone in this film is staggering; Bruce Willis, the star of the Die Hard films and well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters; James McAvoy, who most recently played a young Professor X in the X-Men films; and Sarah Paulson, who has been in the TV show “American Horror Story” (2011) and films Ocean’s 8(2018) and Bird Box (2019).
Not to mention Samuel L. Jackson, who was in over 100 films– including several Marvel films as Nick Fury and a few Star Wars films as Mace Windu– and the highest box office total of any actor in history at $5.753 billion (the total box office gross of every film he was in).
Willis was excellent as a reluctant yet unwavering hero and Jackson was wonderful as a criminal mastermind, but the real standout was McAvoy playing twenty distinct personalities. Whether it be 9-year-old Hedwig or prim-and-proper fanatic Patricia or animalistic murderer The Beast, McAvoy portrayed them flawlessly. I particularly liked his strained neck motion when a different personality took control.
The suspense builds higher and higher throughout the movie and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. I can’t share my favorite part without spoiling the ending, so all I can say is that I didn’t want to miss a moment.