In 2000, M. Night Shyamalan released UNBREAKABLE, a very brooding and slow film that at the time received mixed reviews. Yet, interest in the director and also the fairly strong story brought with it a cult following that gave the film a well deserved re-evaluation by many. Years later, in 2016, he made the sequel entitled SPLIT that was an instant success both critically and at the box office. Now, the third film, GLASS (2019), in what has now been dubbed the Eastrail 177 Trilogy, has been released.
With the disappearance of serial killer Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), David Dunn (Bruce Willis) as the mysterious “superhero” Overseer heads out to the warehouse district of Philadelphia in search of Crumb. But unexpectedly Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) captures both of them so to try to cure them of their “super powers.” Soon after Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) better known as the supervillian Mr. Glass is transferred to the same facility so he too can be cured. But unforeseen circumstances happen that may change the future of not just the three but also the entire world.
Receiving very mixed reviews, GLASS was still able to dominate the box office its first two weeks in release. Starring the same cast, in the same universe of the prior films, the highly anticipated movie has continued both Shyamalan and production company Blumhouse’s financial success. Dark Discussions takes a look at the third film in the Eastrail 177 Trilogy and gives their critique.