It’s hard to imagine that back in the year 2000, M. Night Shyamalan, who already had his incredible breakthrough horror Sixth Sense under his belt, had scoped out the entire Eastrail 177 Trilogy.
But that’s what he told us when we sat down with him to discuss the final film, Glass, a movie which serves to perfectly tie up any questions audiences may have been left asking, after watching the movie’s predecessors: Unbreakable and Split.
When Unbreakable – with a performance from Samuel L. Jackson and a twist that still shakes my core to this day – was released, audiences had no idea of Shyamalan’s plans to develop the movie into a full-blown superhero universe.But with a certain reveal at the end of psychological thriller Split (2016), in which James McAvoy took on the role of DID sufferer Kevin Wendell Crumb, and the astonishing 24 different personalities that live within him, it was clear that Shyamalan had a master plan for the trilogy that rivalled even Mr. Glass’ cunning.
In a superhero world dominated by DC and Marvel, Shyamalan’s delve into this sphere is a brave one, and his characters’ dynamics represent much more than just superhuman powers. As he told us, he hopes audiences leave cinemas with: “the wish… that there’s something in side all of us that can be awakened.”
Glass, is more drama than thriller, and for much of the film we are left questioning whether the characters are indeed archetypal superhero/villains or just super humans whose sheer determination and strength in the face of adversity has awakened something extraordinary. A must watch for anyone who loved the first two movies, or who just wants to challenge their preconceptions of what a superhero really is.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Shyamalan, who directed, produced and wrote the trilogy, to talk about what the story means to him, his love of comic books, whether he has truly put these characters to bed and what it was like to work with McAvoy, Willis and Jackson over the years.
You can watch the full interview here:
Glass is out in cinemas now.
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