All of Shyamalan’s movies have a distinct psychological suspense tone. The audience finds it impossible to predict the next turn in the script until the very climax of the movie. This movie exhibits his same flavour for cinema. It is the story of two individuals at the extreme ends of the same spectrum, with an element of supernatural.

On one end is Elijah Price (Samuel Jackson) who is born with multiple fractures (the very first shot of the movie) and suffers from osteogenetic condition which makes his bones brittle and genetically susceptible to fractures. Being stuck to hospital beds for a third of his life, he finds salvage into the world of comic books and is a high-end collector and seller of vintage comic books. Hugely inspired by comics, Elijah is searching for the person on the extreme end of his condition, one is unbreakable. On the other end is David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who lives his life as low-profile security personnel. He has never been sick in his life or being injured; But he does not know that about himself yet.

The movie starts with David in a train which gets derailed and meets a catastrophic crash, leaving behind no survivors other than David who has miraculously escaped the tragedy, even without a scratch. This makes David a tabloid celebrity instantly. This brings him into Elijah’s attention, who makes David aware of his supernatural impulse, which he denies immediately. Trying to rebuild his broken marriage with his wife Audrey (Robin Wright) and convincing his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) about him being a natural being, David takes a long time (read the rest of the movie!!) to discover and confirm this fact about himself. He also becomes aware of his weakness being water (remember every hero has a weakness!!). He recognises his special instincts to read other people’s life history or recent events by being in physical contact with them. Using his special powers, he goes on to become an under-cover hero (Batman style) and save people in danger. Once he establishes his gifted powers, he becomes friends with Elijah, only to find the darker side of him.  

At no instance does the movie get slow to boredom. It makes your mind tick all the time about what will happen next. But the climax lets you down completely. I felt it leaves you wanting for more. The camera work is excellent and beautiful. One of my favourites is the train shot of the conversation between David and a female agent through the gap between the immediately front row. The use of the comic book to establish the age-old concept of villain and hero is also different and unique. Of course there is sure as hell expected cameo from Shyamalan as the probable drug seller frisked by David. Overall a good movie with a different perspective on superheroes, though after watching “The Sixth Sense”, you always feel, there could have been something better.

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