I want to write about a movie…but I can't say practically anything about the movie.
What to do? What to do?
The movie is Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and written, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan and Willis teamed up before in a little movie you may have heard of, The Sixth Sense.
Since I don't wanna get into plot at all, I'll just focus on the acting and the direction.
Bruce Willis is very good in his role as a security guard who is a troubled husband and father. He's very understated…much like his Sixth Sense character, but even more so. He basically plays the strong and silent type, and does it very well.
Samuel L. Jackson steals this movie. He is perfect as a comic book art dealer with a rare disease that affects his bones. I would love to see him get nominated for his role, but to be honest, I couldn't tell you if he should be tagged as Lead Actor or Supporting. His role is that important to the movie. He's just phenomenal in this movie.
Robin Wright Penn is, as usual, very good. She plays Willis' wife. She too is very understated, and it works well.
The couple's son in the movie is played by Spencer Treat Clark, and he too is very good. He actually shows more depth than the adult characters, and one scene in particular is proof that Shyamalan likes giving kids big, important roles. The only other thing I remember Clark from is Gladiator where he played Russell Crowe's son.
M. Night Shyamalan is a very talented artist. In Unbreakable, he builds tension nicely by creating a gloomy atmosphere with long shots and interesting camera angles. Once again he gave himself a cameo in the film. Maybe he's a big fan of Hitchcock's? Actually, a comparison between the two directors is high praise for Shyamalan, but it's not unreasonable. Highly intelligent movies are always well received, and first with Sense, and now with Unbreakable, Shyamalan definitely proves he can deliver.