We are sure that most if not all of us have seen our fair of crazy insane movies at least once in our lifetime and if you haven’t then we encourage you to start doing so. There’s actually no perfect place start than with our focus today, Glass. If the cast isn’t enough to make you sit up and notice then surely the plot and trailer will. The movie picks up where Split (starring the fantastic James McEvoy) left off. Again if you have not seen Split then please do yourself a favour and do it now. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and one thing is for sure, it isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s sick and twisted nature is what, strangely, makes it enthralling. That’s where our interest in Glass first started the minute we heard that it was in production.
Cast – James McAvoy, Bruce Willi, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson & Samuel L. Jackson
Director – M. Night Shyamalan
Genre – Drama/Fantasy
Running Time – 2h 9m
From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
Glass is unlike anything you are going to see anytime soon. As mentioned it takes its cue and is part of a trilogy that started with Unbreakable, a movie released back in 2000 and introduced us to the characters David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Price aka Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). This was then taken a step further with Split released in 2016. All the aforementioned movies were overseen by M. Night Shyamalanthe, the same creator and director of Glass.
For the entertainment factor the movie definitely has that especially the absorbing and out of this world performance from James McEvoy, we didn’t expect anything less from him to be honest. Samuel L. Jackson also comes through with a strong performance as the enigmatic mastermind Mr Glass, the only let down is Bruce Willis who despite his best efforts in his role as David Dunn, the character seems a bit forced and out of place.
There’s more that could have been done with the movie we also feel, despite its entertaining patches we were disappointed by its conceptual plot and how everything was carried out. Considering how Split was set up, Glass pales into comparison and we feel it’s an opportunity lost. Unbreakable we haven’t seen yet so we can’t quite say how this compares to it. If anything, Glass promises a great platform but falls short of delivering an epic classic.
Glass is a great conceptual movie that was perfectly built up through its predecessors Unbreakable and Split. Despite leaving us with several questions and the feeling of it falling short, it does provide some thrilling moments. No doubt that the main highlight of the movie is James McEvoy who in his role as multiple characters delivers a spectacular performance. If anything, you need to go and see the movie just for his performance. With all that said, Split gets a decent 6 out 10 rating from us. A decent enough watch that you will do best to go checkout for yourself and make up your own mind about. It’s officially in cinemas from today.
Special thanks to MNet Movies (in partnership with Ster Kinekor) for the great screening, as usual.