"Unbreakable" - should Shamalayan just have adapted "Mage: The Hero Discovered" Instead?

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It's my favorite of his movies (although that ain't saying much, and I know it's very much a minority opinion) but come on. You can't tell me he didn't jack Matt Wagner's steez on that.

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Friday, 21 October 2005 20:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Explain please. In this instance it is not just acceptable but required that you have read The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

IE how does it resemble Mage more than, say, Star Wars?

Though now that I think about it, Mage and Star Wars are pretty close. Great and well-loved first section, over produced second act which left fans wondering if they'd misjudged the first one, final third never to appear.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 21 October 2005 20:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I freely admit that I completely forgot Joseph Campbell's name, or the name of his most famous book. I got them by googling "George Lucas mythic".

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Friday, 21 October 2005 21:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

the comic book stuff in unbreakable struck me as so fake

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 21 October 2005 21:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(like he had never read one in his life)

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 21 October 2005 21:05 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

(like he had never read one in his life)

Could be. Still, I loved this movie, it is my favorite of his too, the touching stuff worked, etc. I really like the mood of the film and, even though they are completely different stories, I think that's the mood a good Year One adaptation should have had.

iodine (iodine), Saturday, 22 October 2005 00:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

M Night Syamalayan: world class on atmosphere, absolutely crap on everything else.

chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Saturday, 22 October 2005 23:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Of course, his spelling's probably better than mine.

chap who would dare to violate the least amount of laws of physics (chap), Saturday, 22 October 2005 23:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Andrew -

Well, uh, I haven't read Campbell if you don't count instructions for heating up soup, so I'll have to beg off that portion of the question.

But aside from the admittedly pretty generic premise of a Gentle Everyman type learning that he has been Chosen by Forces to have Mighty Powers because of his Great Warrior Virtue, and some other pretty standard tropes like the enfeebled mentor and mysterious invisible nemesis it's mostly the mood of the two that strikes me as similar. It's true, as Joe points out, that Shammy is basically all about mood (and lame trick endings.) But then there's the whole 'run over by a train' gimmick as a way to expopse the extent of their invulnerability. And the fact that Bruce Unbreakable's vulnerability is the same as the grackleflints' (and the Signs ETs, but I digress.)

Austin Still (Austin, Still), Monday, 24 October 2005 03:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

twelve years pass...

omg omg omg omg this is going to be a flaming garbage pile and I can't wait

Samuel L. Jackson suits up in purple metallic coat as villain on Glass set https://t.co/afyaPXEnEN

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Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:11 (one year ago) Permalink

omg what i had no idea this was a thing

it's going to be terrible right? loved unbreakable but it was such a classic done-in-one, rest left up to your imagination type movie.

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Bruh, go watch Split. All I'm gonna say.

Bernard Crunderdunder (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:43 (one year ago) Permalink

There are no good Shyamalan movies

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:33 (one year ago) Permalink

I would not expend much energy arguing against your assertion.

Fresh Toast (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:42 (one year ago) Permalink

After easily figuring out the twist about halfway through The Sixth Sense (I don't think I even knew there was a twist coming before I saw it), I knew that it was a bad idea for this dude to build his career around films with 'shocking' endings.

Fresh Toast (Old Lunch), Thursday, 9 November 2017 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah me too. A teenage lifetime of reading comics will set you up for those trashy twists.

At the same time I still didn't guess the twist to Arlington Road, one of the worst movies in the universe.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 10 November 2017 00:53 (one year ago) Permalink


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