SOME THINGS ARE ONLY REVEALED BY ACCIDENT.
This pretentious thriller, about a security guard (Bruce Willis) who is the sole survivor of a harrowing train crash and realizes there’s a reason why he’s never been sick a day in his life, demands an interest in comic book superheroes. It is an attempt to transfer the trappings of that world to a realistic everyday environment. Director M. Night Shyamalan’s film seems too slow and muted, as if everybody in it is sedated, but the creepy atmosphere that grows out of it is unsettling in a positive way. It gets to you. The twist in the ending is as clever as Willis and Samuel L. Jackson’s characters are well written.
2000-U.S. 107 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Cinematography: Eduardo Serra. Cast: Bruce Willis (David Dunn), Samuel L. Jackson (Elijah Price), Robin Wright Penn (Audrey Dunn), Charlayne Woodard, Spencer Treat Clark, James Handy.
Trivia: Sort of followed by Split (2017) and more obviously by Glass (2019).