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Following The Sixth Sense was always going to be a nightmare for writer/director Shyamalan, even with Willis and Jackson on board. Yet this study of comic-book heroism and human destiny challenges rather than meets the audience's expectations. The miraculous sole survivor of a train crash, Philadelphia security guard David Dunn (Willis) is told by Elijah Price (Jackson) - a dealer in comic-book art with a fertile imagination and brittle bones - that he is 'unbreakable'. Like indestructible comic-book heroes, David has been put on Earth to vanquish evil. The movie then swerves into deeper, murkier territory, as the bewildered David ponders the cosmic consequences of this knowledge. Is this crazy, Biblical soothsayer right? If so, does he have a responsibility to develop and use his super-powers? Whereas The Sixth Sense left audiences surprised but surprisingly comfortable, this more mature and ambitious movie preserves its ambiguities and keeps everyone guessing. As David's wife Audrey, Wright Penn is mostly sidelined, although a brief exchange about their shaky marriage provides the film's most compelling emotional moment. If anything, the near somnambulant Willis is a little too restrained, as if to counter-balance Jackson's flamboyant, mesmerising portrayal of the mysterious stranger Elijah.

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Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: M Night Shyamalan
Screenwriter: M Night Shyamalan
Cast: Bruce Willis
Samuel L Jackson
Robin Wright Penn
Spencer Treat Clark
Charlayne Woodard
Eamonn Walker
Leslie Stefanson

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A mature "superhero" film. It moves at a glacial pace, but the slow unravelling of the story is intriguing throughout. Nicely shot with a dark atmosphere, it is a shame Shyamalan was unable to match this work in his subsequent career.

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I think his film is the worst film i have evr possiibly witnessed in my whole intire life! It should banned frm showing on televison . I agree with Mrs. Mc.Man :)