January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #5 of the 47.
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this on opening night on 28 Dec 2000 and was quite excited because it was a superhero movie made by the same guy who just wowed the world with The Sixth Sense.
“It’s alright to be afraid, David, because this part won’t be like a comic book. Real life doesn’t fit into little boxes that were drawn for it.” – Elijah Price
Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (28 Dec 2000 in the Theater, DVD, 15 Jun 2013, 29 Jun 2014, 25 Sep 2016, 14 Apr 2019 and 2 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A security guard survives a devastating train wreck without a scratch and is approached by a comic book dealer who believes that he possesses super powers.
My Take on it – Amazing film that takes the idea of a superhero and makes it seem plausible in the world we live in.
Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are both superb in this film and the chemistry they have with one another as mentor/student is great due to the dynamics of the story.
M. Night Shyamalan does an excellent job creating these characters and story and makes it all feel like a modern day realistic super hero film that works so well on so many levels.
The screen shots even look and feel as if we are watching a living comic book story.
The film utilizes colors and the frames in such a way that things fit into the story line so smoothly.
The music by James Newton Howard is integrated into the story so well and helps enhance the story because it raises the tension as things move along and the characters begin to learn so much about themselves along the way.
The characters are developed really well and we care about both of them so much because we get to see how they reached this point in their lives while having to overcome so many hurdles along the way.
The film also allows us to see their dynamics with their families which helps make things even more enjoyable because it raises the stakes of who these characters are and what built them up to this point.
The two sequels to this film aren’t as good and this story works so much better as a stand alone story because of the way that the story unfolds.
This is by far my favorite M. Night film and also IMHO is one of the best superhero adaptations ever made.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Elijah asks David what made him choose protection as a career out of all the things he could have done, such as “founding a chain of restaurants”. In reality, Bruce Willis was one of the investors (and highly publicized celebrity “owners”) of the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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