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“Glass” gives viewer a sense of peace, understanding

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The new M. Night Shyamalan movie Glass has been marketed frequently in the recent weeks. The movie features three main characters, the first of whom is nicknamed “The Horde.” He has multiple personalities, the worst of which is “The Beast.” Next comes Elijah Price, a genius with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disorder, who is obsessed with the superhero world. Finally comes David Dunn, a vigilante dad who stops crime with his superhuman levels of strength, stamina and resilience, as well as an extrasensory ability to see the crimes people have committed by touching them.

The movie trilogy includes Unbreakable (2000), Split (2016) and finally Glass (2019). Unbreakable follows the story of Elijah and David, while Split follows The Horde. Glass has such a big presence in the movie market because it ties the characters and plot from Unbreakable and Split together to form a trilogy. While seeing the first two movies was definitely helpful in understanding the entire back-story, those who see Glass can make the connection.

The first hour of the movie just follows the three characters and their time spent in a mental facility with a physiatrist who tries to convince them they are mistaken about their identities. This part of the movie was quite boring, and I was almost tempted to fall asleep. However, things quickly took a turn and got interesting. The genius Price reveals his master plan to not only break out, but also get to the newly opened Osaka Tower and blow it up. However, in true M. Night Shyamalan fashion, the story takes a huge twist, with the plot development unexpectedly changing, and those changes are all rooted in the first two movies. As a hater of predictable and sappy movie endings, this “huge reveal” gave me a breath of fresh air.

As the movie comes to a gloomy conclusion, it gives the viewer a sense of peace and understanding. These might be the main emotions felt at the end, but it is safe to say that the viewer will experience a variety of feelings. My favorite was humor, coming from James McAvoy’s (The Horde’s) wide range of characters he had to act out, including a very strict British woman called Mrs. Patricia, Hedwig, a 9-year-old boy, and Jade, a teenage girl with diabetes.

While Glass has scored on the lower side by critics, I, however, would have to disagree in my single opinion that Shyamalan’s twisted ending makes up for it. It’s definitely worth a watch!

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“Glass” gives viewer a sense of peace, understanding