I was looking forward to seeing “Glass” because I love the idea of M. Night Shyamalan’s three strong characters, The Overseer (Bruce Willis), The Beast/Horde (James McAvoy), and Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) coming together for the final installment of the series of films. It is only natural that Blumhouse would produce this sci-fi thriller as they also produced Split. Unbreakable was produced through Touchstone Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista. Split and Glass was produced through Blumhouse and distributed by Universal Studios and Walt Disney Studios.
The first character the shrouded protagonist, The Overseer is introduced in Unbreakable (2000). We see him struggling to identify himself as a superhero and own it. He is more knowledgeable about his powers after Mr. Glass creates catastrophies (in order to find the one who was indestructible). Mr. Glass in a compelling role as a disabled mastermind is very fragile and breakable. He is sort of an anti-hero more than a villian.
In Split (2016), James McAvoy’s character is introduced as a man who has DID (Dissociative Disorder), whose real identity is Kevin Wendell Crumb. Kevin is controlled by a few characters, such as a 9 year old boy (Hedgwig), a woman (Ms. Patricia), etc. and the beast who are part of the horde fighting for “the light.”
M. Night Shamalan manages to encapsulate all of these characters into one movie called “Glass.”
David Dunn is captured while attempting to stop The Beast from killing teenage cheerleaders. He attempts this with the help of his son Joseph Dunn. Both are captured and put into a mental institution along with Mr. Glass, who is already there from the crimes that he had committed earlier.
Dr. Ellie Staple claims that she wishes to study their cases and help them with what she calls “Superhero syndrome or Superhero Disorder.” She convinces them that there are no extraordinary men and women and that it is just figment of their imagination. Glass however sets out to prove Dr. Staples wrong by creating a major spectacle between The Beast and The Overseer for all the world to see.
I believe that these three films are the very best part of M. Night Shaymalan’s directing and screenwriting. He creates the notion that regular folk can be superheroes too. He also blurs the lines between superhero, villain, and anti-hero. It is clear each extraordinary human has a weakness. Dr. Staples exploits their program at the clinic to eventually use for a more personal agenda.
This film does a lot of flashback work to refresh the audience about the character’s background, crucial elements to the story, but also gives a various perspectives from loved ones. I also notice that in this film Shayamalan uses the number of 3’s several times. There are 3 superhero type characters and 3 people who support each one of the captured. The events in glass take place 3 weeks later from Split. We see is 9 years old (which is a product of the number 3). David Dunn can lift over 350 pounds. To get Kevin Wendell Crumb to come back to the light you have to call his name 3 times. Originally, “Dennis” character from the horde abducted 3 girls from the movie Split. The horde has 24 personalities and one of the dominant personalities is 9 year old “Hegwig”. 3 is a perfect divisor of 9.
The cinematography, lighting and special effects make this film feel like a comic book and yet real
at the same time.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. It was not the ending I anticipated at all, but just great development of story-telling. I strongly feel that there are people out in the real world that are just like them, that we don’t know about. They live among us shrouded in mystery and trying to find a place in society (extraordinary men and women).
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