GLASS – Review by Susan Granger

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If you haven’t seen M. Night Shyamalan’s two previous films – Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017) – you may be a little lost because this conclusion to his trilogy brings together the main characters from both films.

Ultra-strong David Dunn (Bruce Willis) believes he’s a superhero, utilizing his remarkable abilities as a crime-fighting vigilante, assisted by his loyal son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) with whom he runs a security company.

His arch-nemesis is brittle-boned Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), who calls himself “Mr. Glass” and uses his maniacally sinister intuition to manipulate the people around him.

Price’s current victim is troubled Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, meaning that he has at least two dozen different personalities. The one who intrigues Price is “The Beast,” a serial killer.

When they’re caught by the police, they’re all confined in a Philadelphia psychiatric hospital, where Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) has developed a way to deprive these so-called “delusional” prisoners of their alleged superpowers. Or has she?

As someone observes, “That sounds like the bad guys are teaming up.”

Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) is smitten with infusing sci-fi thrillers with pop psychology. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t.

Although the actors do the best they can, Shyamalan’s strident, humorless, idiosyncratic script is filled with exposition and far too complicated, and Mike Gioulakis’ cinematography is often more distracting than intriguing.

Plus, there’s a trouble development with Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), the sole survivor of The Beast’s attack in “Split,” before they all meet their ultimate fates.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, Glass is a contrived, absurdly fragmented 4, emerging as far too ambiguous to be satisfying.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.