Powerful - serialmatrix
Willis emerges from a horrific train crash as the sole survivor and from here many questions arise. These questions are so urgent because not only was he the sole survivor of the crash but he had no injuries whatsoever from the incident. Soon after he is approached by the mysterious character played by Jackson who plants many seeds in the mind of our soon to be hero. These seeds cause Willis to question himself for the first time in his life; to question the aching that has been eating him up inside for so long. Jackson proposes that if there is someone like him, incredibly weak due to a bone deficiency, then why shouldn't we assume that there is someone else in the world at the other end of the scale. Based on the train crash Jackson suggests that this is proof that he has found such a person; a person he has searched for his entire life as we find out. From here Willis goes on a journey of self-discovery questioning his past and why he feels such a melancholic burden in his everyday life. Jackson, the comic book obsessed, likens him to a superhero who feels this way because he knows somwhere inside that he is not doing what he was meant for in this world. You'd be forgiven for assuming the story takes a strange turn at the mention of comics and superheros but the way it is handled by Shyamalan is superb. He creates an intense heavy mood for most of the movie with use of dull lighting and lack of dialogue to mirror Willis' discontent and brightens this later on as he emerges from his shackles. Once again Shyamalan shows his skill at creating mood and drawing you into the movie. The contrast of both characters is brilliantly done, and if you really wanted to analyze it, right down the race difference in casting. The movie ends with a shocking twist which appeared to be devloping into a trait of Shyamalan. I use the word powerful to describe this movie as many scenes give you shivers; most notably when the doctor questions Willis. Excellent.
Review published on the 26 October 2007 14:05
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