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Glass - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Jan 28, 2019 - 8:05:52 PM

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You Cannot Contain What You Are. 

After being captured by authorities a calculating domestic terrorist, a cannibalistic serial killer and a cautious vigilante are placed under the care of a psychiatrist at a mental institution who specializes in what she believes they all suffer from. She has 3 days to cure them of this delusion she believes they all possess before plans of more permanent methods are put into effect to ensure that they are no longer a threat to themselves and the world at large.

Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass is a highly resourceful mass murderer who was institutionalized after his crimes were discovered by David Dunn and is now only visited by his mother Mrs. Price who tries to keep him engaged. Kevin Wendell Crumb aka The Horde is a former Philadelphia Zoo employee with 24 different personalities including a powered cannibal known as The Beast whose only connection to the outside world is his former kidnap victim Casey Cooke. David Dunn aka The Green Guard is the owner of Dunn Home Security which he runs with his son Joseph Dunn when they are not protecting the citizens of the city using David’s tactile extrasensory ability to witness the crimes of others and his superhuman strength & stamina to bring those evil doers to justice. Dr. Ellie Staple is a psychiatrist specializing in a unique form of delusions of grandeur that has the sufferer thinking they are a superhuman being and works to help patients come to terms with their human limitations.

Glass is a great entry to the Eastrail 177 Trilogy as it works as a fascinating ending to the stories of characters introduced in Unbreakable & Glass while opening that universe to more storytelling possibilities. This was a fun watch for me as the audience was treated to the culmination of plot threads fitting to the type of grounded world that had been established in previous films. The performances of the cast kept the tone of the motion pictures that came before, with the new addition of Sarah Paulson keeping up the tradition of delivering a nuanced portrayal with hidden levels yet to be revealed. M. Night Shyamalan does it again with this writing and directorial effort that proves his proficiency in telling a gripping tale that is able to get a reaction from everyone who observes it. West Dylan Thordson shows improvement when compared to the work he did in Split but it is still the musical cues he uses from James Newton Howard’s score from Unbreakable that truly moves the watcher. This cinematic release works in many ways to validate the vision its creator had before the glut of superhero films that we have today and is able to give the public a much needed alternative to the popular tropes that seem to be the norm in current comic book movie storytelling. I rate this film a 4 out of 5.

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