Unusual powers

Unbreakable, directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Solomon and Gaenor, directed by Paul Morrison

Director M. Night Shyamalan would be at home in the art house circuit, but he's produced two big-budget Hollywood films: The Sixth Sense and now Unbreakable. Both are unexpected departures from his first film, Praying with Anger, about an American-born Indian who is sent to India with a student-exchange program--a topic far removed from Shyamalan's current interest in the supernatural. The opening scenes in Unbreakable reveal Shyamalan's artfulness. In a simple unbroken shot, filmed between seats on a train, the viewer eavesdrops on a conversation. In another early scene, we see a blurry shot of a hospital patient as his white sheets slowly turn blood red. The patient dies, and his death leaves only one other survivor of a train wreck.

 

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