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Tey How looks at the 2nd Test Screening of M Night's UNBREAKABLE... non-spoiler review

Published at: Sept. 28, 2000, 3:41 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... I've been working to NOT KNOW what happens in this film... and please... if you saw the film last night... PLEASE don't send spoilers... please... if you must... send it to Moriarty... he's read the script... I don't want to. Here's a completely enthusiastic spoiler free look at the film... and I can't wait.. I can not wait to see M Night's latest... here ya go...

So I just returned home from what apparently is the 2nd test of M. Night's mega-anticipated follow up to Sixth Sense...... This could be the problem in a nutshell. Everyone is anticipating the giant twists and they want 'em served up on a 6th Sense level with extra sauce... These people might be disappointed. But this is not necessarily a bad thing!

Rather then give us the same formula that proved to be such a success last August, he has the balls to try something new and, while the tone may be similar, we are treated to an extremely original and engrossing tale. Like 6th sense, it's a great experience. The film works for so well because you cannot see where it's going, and it makes getting there so much more fun.

Bruce is perfectly cast as is Sam Jackson, who has the capability of being unintentionally cheesy in this type of role...(shaft, DBS, etc etc), but is perfect here.

Robin Wright Penn gives a standard role some oomph, although her's still might be the weakest. And the Haley Joel Osment-esque kid is, well, Haley Joel Osment-esque, but he delivers where it counts.

The more i think about it the more I love this movie. If this was opening day I would go back in and watch it again right away - but ill say no more. I don't wanna overhype it. That's the last thing it needs.

The film is shot 2.35:1 and wasn't too roughof a rough cut, although a few scenes looked like they needed some color correction. Some may not enjoy it's slow-pace but i believe it's a wonderfully told story which pulls you in little by little as we travel with Bruce on his unpredictable journey.

All in all i enjoyed it more then the 6th sense. As Watto would say, "The 6th Sense is good, no doubts there".....but - you watch it the first time and it mind-blows you and you go 'holy shit'... then you might watch it a 2nd time and see a whole new film... but then after that are you really ever gonna watch it again? Honestly ... the novelty sorta wears off, don't ya think? I believe this film will get better in time.

There are subtleties here that will appreciated more and more.... AND PLEASE!!

As of now there is only a teaser. It really gives no indication where this film is taking you. When they release the new trailer try not to watch. I know it'll be hard, but imagine if you didn't know the 6th sense even involved ghosts.... do you see what i'm getting at?

As Sam says in the teaser, "I know you're trying to find some meaning in all of this"...WELL DON"T LISTEN TO HIM.....go in knowing as little as possible and you'll be mind-blown once again.

I just can't wait to see how unbreakable it will be @ the box-office against Grinchy!

-Tey How

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  • Sept. 28, 2000, 4:22 a.m. CST

    There's plenty of justice in the world

    by freexter

    ...there's just not that much in lalaland. How else do you explain Drew Barrymore's "star" status? Or that Fight Club didn't make dick at the b.o?

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 4:33 a.m. CST

    What? No spoilers? I demand spoilers! Spoil me rotten! Please!

    by Regis Travolta

    I must have my movie-going experience completely ruined before I even leave for the theater so please spoil away gang. Seems there's a train wreck and Bruce is the only survivor, not a scratch on him, he's fucking unbreakable! So then what happens? I demand to know...

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 5:03 a.m. CST

    by michel

    Wll what can I say, except that I support Shyamalan's decision to do something different instead of making a sequel to The Sixth Sense , which was a good film, but not the masterpiece that everyone considered it to be. But maybe that's because ereryone was making such a big deal about the twist, that when I watched I was trying to see if I could guess it and after half an hour, I guessed it. Which was a shame, really. So, I just want to say thanks to the reviewer for not giving away spoilers, because that always sort of ruins it for me..

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Sweeeeeet...........

    by 69sniper

    I'm glad Shymalan hasn't put a great twist ending in to the movie, he's trying not to become a typecast director like poor old Guy Ritchie's become after only two films. Good luck to him and from the sound of things this film is gonna be great. 69 Sniper out........

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 6:28 a.m. CST

    What balls?

    by Lazarus Long

    "The balls to try something different"? Like what? Make another film based around a fucking gimmick? This is still high concept filmmaking. I'll probably go see this, but The Sixth Sense was without a doubt one of the most overrated films of 1999. Best FUCKING Picture nomination? Best director? Best Screenplay? Are you kidding me? Do you know how many great films were out there last year? The other films with "gimmicks" at least had some themes and character development to back it up. Being John Malkovich and Fight Club left you with a lot more than "Oh, you tricked me, sneaky director!" I'm waiting for the contrary reviews to come flooding in, you can bet your ass we'll be seeing them soon.

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 10:43 a.m. CST

    The Contrary Review

    by ARCTURUS

    Looks like the Karnac above just got his wish....if anything, "The Sixth Sense" was underrated, not overrated. It was more than just a standard spooky film revolving around a cheap gimmick. To give an often-cited but relevant example, you can go back and watch the movie again and see all the various instances the color red pops up, as an indicator of the supernatural and a harbinger of things to come, etc., and this shows a special dedication to the "little touches" that helped make the film great. The film is more than a standard flick with a surprise ending, and anyone who cannot see that is just plain narrow-minded and dissmissive.

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 11:56 a.m. CST

    What Balls>lazarus Long?

    by knight_106

    What the phuck are you talking about..if Fight Club was'nt High Concept I dont know what is????(and I loved it to death) 6th Sense was'nt a gimmick film at all, what gimmick? If what the reviewer said is true then its great he did'nt stick with a formula and re-hash his first movie, if its truly a different direction then thats fantastic. Im sick of seein the same old re hash every year and this summer was the worst in a long time..nothing good even on the horizon. *General comment* Im sick of seeing phucking bitter talk back on these boards all the time, jesus christ..if you all know so much about filmaking get some BALLS yourselfs and make better ones..otherwise STFU..!

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 2:56 p.m. CST

    INDIAN ACTRESSES

    by Popmart

    hi there i am pakistani/british/american i live in the states now, but this summer i went to pakistan, and got to see some movies i have been watching them all my life there are some definite hotties in those films! aishweria is just mindblowing, she really needs to breakthrough the barrier and m. night better cast her in a movie!!!!!! there are a lack of indian actresses and actors pakistani too, i think there should be more

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 3:58 p.m. CST

    THE SIXTH SENSE Was All Gimmick & Atmosphere

    by mrbeaks

    If it weren't for Tak Fujimoto, TSS might've been dismissed as quickly and unceremoniously as WIDE AWAKE. Nothing wrong with high concept (and, tacitly, Laz admitted FIGHT CLUB is housed in that category,) but put some meat on them bones; either make a rollicking commercial flick, or give the work some intellectual heft. As for 2000 Oscar noms, I *still* can't believe the relative indifference with which THE WINSLOW BOY was met last year. Perhaps, had Mr. Rattigan's titular lad seen dead people instead of swiping postal notes, Mamet and co. would've been in attendance at the Shrine Auditorium last March.

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 6:20 p.m. CST

    M. Night is directing Hollow Man II

    by doctorcreep

    In it Kevin Bacon doesn't realize throughout the entire movie that no one can see him. He lives his life blissfully unaware that people are terrified of the utensils that seemingly float off the table when he's around. This lack of perception on his part is explained by a creepy kid who says "The invisible only see what they want...also they're incredibly stupid."

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 7:08 p.m. CST

    "Sixth Sense" not to blame for "Winslow Boy's "disappearing act.

    by ARCTURUS

    I wouldn't point fingers at "Sixth Sense" for the failure of noteworthy, smaller films such as "Winslow Boy", "Run Lola Run", "Titus", etc. to get there due by the Academy last year. Sixth Sense deserved and was fortunate to receive all the nominations it got, even if it wasn't an indie. Instead, I would argue that the extremely early, misguided coronation of tripe like "American Beauty" (which the powers that be in the academy seemed to identify with) spelled the doom of more worthy fare. WAY, WAY more attention (and TOO much attention) was showered by the press at "American Beauty" than "Sixth Sense", (or any other movie for that matter), effectively silencing what little voice smaller films could muster. This, in 1999, what what was arguably one of the best movie years of all time.

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 7:36 p.m. CST

    get'em, michel!

    by evilflea

    Just wanted to jump on the anti-TSS bandwagon. IMHO, this putrid, predictable, slow-moving, brainless, dickless, colorless (yes, ARCTURUS, colorless - a droplet of red foreshadowing in a sea of muted London fog grey does not evoke orgasms of joy in the cinematography department), sleep-inducing, soulless, stinking stew of stallion smegma deserved none of the accolades it received. That it received nominations for, much less won, an Academy award reveals the voters to be the spineless sheep everyone has suspected - and DON'T get me started on the vast unwashed that made this flick (film is too forgiving a term) the hit that it was. I suppose it is a foregone conclusion that Unbreakable should acheive similar box office, but I won't be giving up my $7 for an air-conditioned nap. Did I mention that I did not care for M. Night's previous work?

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 7:40 p.m. CST

    sorry, michel...

    by evilflea

    but i meant to sing the praises of Lazarus Long's hatred. My bad...

  • Sept. 28, 2000, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Good night, M. Night.

    by Lazarus Long

    Exactly where was the substance spoken so highly of in The Sixth Sense? I haven't even had a DESIRE to sit through it again, whereas Fight Club actually necessitates a second viewing to truly understand the relationships between the characters and the weight of the material. If you told the story of The Sixth Sense straightforward, you would not have an engaging film. That's all there is to it. It was all set-up and payoff. With Fight Club, it just added another dimension to an already successful black comedy/social satire. The Exorcist was a great, Oscar deserving film because of the boundaries it broke at the time, and perhaps much of the acclaim was due to the "shock of the new", but what Linda Blair accomplished in that film makes little Haley J. look like a member of the Mickey Mouse Club. The sheer emotional force of the film puts it miles ahead of dry material like TSS, which didn't really do anything that hadn't been done before. Even The Shining's "gimmick", which is ODDLY similar to TSS, was a coda so beside the point it really didn't add to (or detract from) the visual tour-de-force that preceeded it. The feeling I'm getting with Unbreakable is: "Oooh. He can't be harmed. Oooh...this guy can. I wonder what the cool connection is going to be, and where in the last 10 minutes of the film it's going to be revealed?" Don't dust off any space on the mantle, M. Night.

  • every damn talkback for every topic starts with someone giving shit to the director/actor/movie and from there on in all you dorks jump on th ebandwagon... and always without fail stating at least 5 times somehitng about the phantom menace... id like to see one of you geeks write and direct. And now the new headline of some matrix storyboards being posted... what do i see as a talkback topic?.... "darth maul vs agent smith" and "the matrix kicked TPMs ass" SHUTUP, why the fuck do you geeks have to realte everything to star wars... hmmmm.. im gona shutup now, getting caried away. Hope someone out there on this site agrees with me, cos im sure im not nuts.

  • Sept. 29, 2000, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Ok, the deal with Sixth Sense as I see it...

    by AlexanderDeLarge

    ...is that it would have still worked without the twist ending. It was a pretty good film, whether you identify with it or not. There is nothing wrong with movies whose great attractive is a twist ending. Think of the Usual Suspects. If it wasn't for the twist ending, it would have been just another charming criminals picture about people who would do anything because of their greed. I don't hear anyone complaining about that twist ending.

  • Sept. 29, 2000, 12:54 a.m. CST

    by IAmJacksUserID

    I do agree mostly with the naysayers. The Sixth Sense was overrated; still pretty decent but not nearly deserving of all of the dirty knee pads it caused. Strange thing though, someone mentioned to me that there was a plot twist at the end and instantly I knew exactly what it was. Maybe that killed the experience for me?

  • Sept. 29, 2000, 3:52 a.m. CST

    I Despair...

    by mind_guerilla

    ...when people call The Sixth Sense a great film. The Sixth Sense is not even a good film. In fact, it is excrutiatingly tedious, devoid of tension, and boasts perhaps the most irritating lead performance in cinema history. That shitty little kid. I wont say the little fuckers name. If this M Night dickhead keeps pumping out these shitty twist movies, he's gonna go down the plughole and good. Fincher is fucked too, because all he looks for in a script is a twist. Cocksucker. (I love Fight CLub however). Ah, the worl's all fucked and I'm the only thing good and all.

  • Sept. 29, 2000, 9:10 a.m. CST

    So far, the only arguments against "Sixth Sense" being a good fi

    by ARCTURUS

    No further commentary needed...and that's the truth, Ruth.

  • Sept. 29, 2000, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Get yourselves some balls, fanboys

    by PKD

    In response to a post above about what ends to happen in these talkback section - I have this to say - the reason why there is so much hyperbole used here to either praise or (more often) denounce a film/filmmaker/actor/etc. is that many of you here have no balls. You do not have enough belief in your own opinion and in your own views to simply state your opinion in a convincing manner. Instead, you simply pile on the suprelatives and hope that if you say "sucks" or "crap" or "mindless" enough times, then people will be swayed. Listen people - get some nads and just state your opinion - if no one agrees with you, then have enough confidence to accept that your view is different from others.

  • Sept. 29, 2000, 12:20 p.m. CST

    By the way, I loved The Sixth Sense

    by PKD

    Did it deserve and Oscar nomination? - no, was it an engrossing piece of entertainment? - yes, did it defy basically every convention of the big summer blockbuster? - yes, did it say what it had to say in an original manner - yes.

  • Sept. 30, 2000, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Ban the advertiser

    by Castor_Troy

    What the hell is up with the geek who keeps advertising his website on all the talkbacks? "Sara Geller would recommend this site?" What a gimp.

  • M. Night Shyamalan is one of the biggest impressionists around, he can make a mediocre and dishonest film, sell it as an "intelligent movie" (of course that this only relates to Hollywood standards)and everyone buys it without a single spice of criticism.

  • Sept. 30, 2000, 10 p.m. CST

    Hey Javadevil

    by darius25

    I just saw the new Aish movie (Dhai Akshar Prem Ke - Two and a Half Words of Love) which also has Sonali Bendre in it. My review will be in this coming week's column but let's just say for now that the movie isn't exactly very good. Hell yes both Aish and Sonali are MAJOR HOTTIES, but their acting (esp. Aish) and their good looks can't exactly carry a movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2000, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Unbreakbullzhit

    by Cornellius

    hey, didnt this movie come out a few years ago... but instead of a train wreck it was Airplane Crash... and instead of Bruce Willis it was Jeff Bridges? And instead of Samuel L. it was Rosie Perez or something... anyways watch the Sixth Sense DVD and listen to M.Night... talking about cultural phenomenon's and comparing the sixth sense to Jaws, watch as he sucks his own cock. what a hack, but still, i hope the movie is good. -that is all dr. cornellius phd

  • Oct. 25, 2000, 10:31 p.m. CST

    M.Night...say Goodnight

    by Bozo1987

    I'm thoroughly disgusted at the canonization of M. Night. He is a middle-range talent at best. I read the "The Sixth Sense" script a day after it sold for seven digits and was mildly impressed. It was a good read. But it was also, for the most part, derivative and poorly structured. The movie, without benefit of the "surprise ending" was poorly paced and structurally unsound. Look, I know this movie hit people where they live and captured that whole "there must be more to life than the stock market" type of thing. I respect his taking on spirituality. But the movie is a less interesting rip-off of "Jacob's Ladder." Philadelphia looked spooky (thank you Mr. DP). The acting was okay. That's about it. Bruce Willis' hair piece deserved more kudo's then him. And the manipulation of POV really becomes apparent after five minutes. I read where M. did something like 17 drafts. It shows. This was a movie that transmogrified into a ghost story. Let's hope unbreakable doesn't become "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble" for the Internet Generation.