Review: ‘Glass’ fails to shatter expectations

Sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ doesn’t impress viewers

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Review: ‘Glass’ fails to shatter expectations

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Picking up after the events of M. Night Shyamalan’s most recent movie “Split,” which follows the abduction of three teenage girls by a man with 23 different personalities, “Glass” merges the hit horror movie and one of Shyamalan’s other films, “Unbreakable.” While the storyline was interesting and fun to follow, the plot took a route that wasn’t expected or wanted.

“Glass” follows Dr. Ellie Staple’s (Sarah Paulson) study of three men, Elijah Prince (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) from “Unbreakable” who believe they are superheros. The acting in the movie is superb due to the performances by the great actors, however the film didn’t go along the path anticipated by fans. Expecting another thrilling tale diving deeper into Kevin and his personalities, it was quite disappointing to see the movie focus on “superheros” instead of the scary man the audience came to see.

The movie felt like a completely different genre from “Split,” going from a horror/thriller film to a thoughtful drama. Although there were a few intense moments, it had a completely different and unfamiliar feel from the previous movie. If the film hadn’t tried to collide Kevin’s story with David Dunn from “Unbreakable,” the movie would have been significantly better. While some fans could understand the majority of the plot, the clashing of the story lines seemed to be more confusing than enjoyable for viewers.

An annoying aspect of the movie was Casey’s (Anya Taylor-Joy) Stockholm syndrome-like compassion toward Kevin. While it’s understandable to say Casey is an emphatic and forgiving person, it’s difficult to believe a person would visit and befriend the person who not only abducted you but killed both of your friends and tried to kill you as well. Casey’s ability to communicate with Kevin was an interesting concept, but it felt too forced and rushed to seem believable.

For most of the movie, Kevin is kept in a room with a hypnotic light that forces him to change personalities whenever it flashes, preventing him from trying to escape. One would think that out of all 23 personalities, at least one of them would be smart enough to simply cover Kevin’s eyes.

The film leaves viewers more confused than satisfied. Overall, “Glass” is slightly entertaining, a little confusing and quite disappointing in the way the writers chose to go with the storyline. This movie receives 3 out of 5 stars for the stellar acting and interesting concept but not quite exceeding expectations with the execution.

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