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M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Was Part of a Bigger Complicated Universe

It stars Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis, yes we're quaking too.

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What is so bizarre, yet so enthralling about the movies of M. Night Shyamalan are that he carves such twists into his directed work that they simply become wonderful pieces of art.  In his Eastrail 177 trilogy, or more simply in his Unbreakable series M. Night Shyamalan strives to merge psychology, thriller, and horror with superheroes, something that has been beyond the perception of movie creators till date.

What M. Shyamalan does to his superhero flicks is, he does not draw cues from conventional superhero movies. Rather he has reconstructed the entire genre, in a more thematic, intellectually offering, mind-boggling presentation. His characters, although derived from comic books, do not have anything to do with the comic- like- setup. Instead, they are people with supernatural powers in an environment grounded closer to reality. The films depart in all ways except for a central character David Dunn, and linkage to the 177 Eastrail catastrophes that were described in the first movie. This independence that every part gracefully carries brings for a fresh, novel, and fiercely quirky storyline with every installment.

This time, M. Night Shyamalan plans to conclusively touch upon things with Glass. Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) return for this part. Since Shyamalan is known to demonstrate themes through vivid graphic interpretations, we see Crumb’s seating in the trailer is reflective of Split’s positioning in the franchise, and Crumb endless juggle between heroism and villainy. There is a new character that has been introduced, Dr. Ellie Staple. Do you want to know who is playing the doctor? Hint: there are several hundreds of them running around in American Horror Story: Apocalypse right now. Yep, you guessed it right, its Sarah Paulson.

To bolster up the crew of Batmen, the film introduces its own Robin Hood gang. Casey Cooke, Dunn’s son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) and Price’s mother (Charlayne Woodard) will ultimately play the catalyst in getting things gelled up together. This concept of a parallel hero army comes fresh to the merchandise, as well as to the comic book norms. Casey will likely be a right hand to David Dunn, Joseph will be a replica of Crumb while Price’s mother inevitably would be the mentor behind his activities. M. Night Shyamalan’s parallel arc, a distinctive tonal baking to an already intriguing plot, will certainly gain momentum. It is what will dawn to this thick, murky plot its future, leading off an entirely different trail to follow.

If Glass follows from the blueprint Unbreakable has already laid, we might see a super-villain returning with a stronger psyche. He’ll upturn the balance of the world, taking everything away from the protagonists. The villains are often outperformed by heroes in a fantasy-fiction setup. But, will this remain to be the case for the real world too. M. Night Shyamalan knows the functioning of his exploitation of conventional comic book regulations. He crafts things defiantly, to give a unique, distinctive appeal to his work.

We are given regular sneak peeks into numerous action sequences in which Crumb fights Dunn. But we also witness what may perhaps lead to a more attention-grabbing revelation as his ex-victim Casey Cooke meets with him, ostensibly pleading with him. Perhaps, Casey through her angelic will, get Crumb to remove his beastly persona; in ways, Dunn could not do. This will stir up angles that remained unpredictable in the earlier versions and make for an intriguing plot. It will also be mesmerizing to see how Dunn evolves over the track of the film and whether the world can squeeze him out of the gloom, and provide him with a name that lives up to his heroic efforts.

Glass will hit cinemas on 18th January 2019.

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