REVIEW: GLASS

Starring

Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers)
James McAvoy (Starter for 10)
Bruce Willis (Die Hard)
Sarah Paulson (Ocean’s 8)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)
Spencer Treat Clark (Much Ado About Nothing)
Charlayne Woodard (Twister)
Luke Kirby (Little Woods)
Leslie Stefanson (The Hunted)

Samuel L. Jackson in Glass (2019)Three weeks have passed since the kidnapping of three young girls orchestrated by Kevin Wendell Crumb, who was dubbed as “the Horde” by the media due to his dissociative identity disorder which produced two dozen identities. One of the girls was Casey Cooke, who survived an attack from the one of Kevin’s personalities, “the Beast”, who allowed her to escape because she was “pure” and had experienced suffering at the hands of a sexually abusive uncle. Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, and James McAvoy in Glass (2019)David Dunn (a superhuman vigilante dubbed “the Overseer” by the internet) and his son Joseph track down Kevin to an abandoned factory where he has four cheerleaders hostage, but David is confronted and attacked by the Beast. Their battle is stopped by a group of police officers led by Dr. Ellie Staple, who places both men in Raven Hill Memorial Mental Institution. David’s destined foe and terrorist – Elijah Price / Mr. Glass – is also being held there for bombing the Eastrail 177 train 16 years ago (the train crash of which David was the sole survivor and exposed his superhuman nature).[N 2] David and Kevin are placed in separate rooms, each with unique security measures to prevent them from escaping or posing a threat. David is placed in a specialized room which would blast water to him, which he considers his Achilles’s heel. Kevin is then placed in a room with “hypnotic lights” which will force one personality to change to another once activated.Staple explains that her job is to convince those who believe they are superhuman but in fact they are simply deluded figures; she tells them she has been given three days to convince each of them of this, otherwise they will be sent to trial. Staple gets help from Elijah’s mother, Joseph, and Casey, who all visit at different ocassions, but fail to convince them. As part of her final evaluation, Staple brings the three men to a room together where she tests David and Kevin’s psyches. That night, Elijah escapes his cell to research about Kevin but is discovered by Staple who performs a prefrontal lobotomy on him. However, Elijah had already sabotaged the machine earlier, in anticipation of what will happen if he gets caught. Elijah is returned to his cell but escapes again after killing his caretaker Daryl. He then breaks out Kevin and allies himself with the Beast. Elijah contacts David and announced his plan to reveal the Horde at a new skyscraper in the city of Philadelphia, where he also plans to blow up a chemical company unless David stops the Beast.Convinced, David begins to pursue the Beast outside the institution, but Joseph intervenes. He reveals that Kevin’s father died in the same train crash David survived, which left Kevin alone with his mother to abuse him; hence the creation of his personalities, sworn to protect Kevin. The Beast thanks Elijah for his creation but turns on him and breaks him for Kevin’s protection. He then turns to David and throws him to the water-tank. David regains enough strength to escape the tank. Before the Beast flees to the skyscraper, Casey summons Kevin to the light and he is mortally wounded by one of Staple’s snipers.He dies in Casey’s arms with the Horde giving Kevin the light. One of Staple’s security then kills David by repeatedly shoving his face in a flooded pothole. Staple reveals to David that she is part of a clandestine organization working to conceal the existence of superhumans. Staple goes to a dying Elijah and explains a global theory that masterminds have suppressed and destroyed superhuman heroes and villains for millennia to protect civilization from the tyranny of living “gods” among men. Staple deletes footage from the cameras of the institution to report her mission a success, but discovers Elijah had hacked the computers and live-streamed the footage to a private network. Distraught, Staple enters one of the institution’s hallways and screams over the failed mission. Elijah’s mother, Joseph, and Casey all receive copies of the footage, which they release to the public, revealing the existence of superhumans to the world.This is coming from someone who has been looking forward to this movie for a long time. I thought the acting was fantastic, especially James McAvoy who plays all the personalities fantastically. Bruce Willis doesn’t phone it in and actually does a good job. If you’re expecting a superhero movie, you’re not going to get one. This is most definitely and physcological thriller that happens to have superheroes. This film is filled with incredible memorable moments that you’ll certainly remember walking out of the movie. However, the end will turn a lot of people off, as it goes in directions that are very divisive. If you go in with an open mind, I think you’ll enjoy most of it.

REVIEW: UNBREAKABLE

CAST

Bruce Willis (Sin City)
Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers)
Robin Wright (The Princess Bride)
Spencer Treat Clark (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Charlayne Woodard (The Crucible)
Leslie Stefanson (As Good AS It Gets)
Laura Regan (Minority Report TV)
James Handy (Alias)

Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is born with Type 1 osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease in which bones break easily. As revealed later in flashbacks, Elijah draws a theory, based on the comic books he has read during his many hospital stays, that if he represents extreme human frailty, perhaps there is someone “unbreakable” at the opposite extreme.
Years later, Philadelphia security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is also searching for meaning in his life. He had given up a promising football career to marry Audrey (Robin Wright) after they were involved in an auto accident. Now, however, their marriage is dissolving, to the distress of their young son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark).
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Returning from a job interview in New York, David is the sole survivor of a major train wreck that kills 131 passengers, sustaining no injuries himself. At the memorial for victims of the crash, he finds a card on his car’s windshield, inviting him to Elijah’s store. Elijah proposes to David that he is the kind of person after whom comic-book superheroes are modeled, and repeatedly pursues the issue with David and Audrey, trying to learn whether or not David was ill or injured during childhood. Although unsettled by Elijah, David begins to test himself. While lifting weights with Joseph, he bench presses 350 pounds, well above what he had thought he could do. Joseph begins to idolize his father and believes that he is a superhero, although David still maintains that he is “an ordinary man.”

David challenges Elijah with an incident from his childhood when he almost drowned. Elijah suggests that the incident highlights that superheroes in comic books often have one weakness, and in David’s case it is water. While surveying the stored wreckage of the train crash that he survived, David recalls the car accident that ended his athletics career, remembering that he was unharmed and ripped a door off the car in order to save Audrey. David used the accident as an excuse to quit football, because Audrey did not like the sport. Under Elijah’s influence, David develops what he thought was an unusual insight into human behavior into an extra-sensory perception by which he can glimpse criminal acts committed by the people he makes contact with. At Elijah’s suggestion, David stands in the middle of a crowd in a Philadelphia railroad station. As people bump into him, he senses the crimes they perpetrated, and finds one he can act on: a sadistic janitor who invaded a home, killed the parents, and is holding the children prisoner.
David follows the janitor to the victims’ house and frees the children, but is ambushed by the janitor who pushes him off a balcony into a swimming pool. David nearly drowns, but is rescued by the children. He then attacks the janitor from behind and strangles him to death. That night, he reconciles with Audrey. The following morning, he secretly shows a newspaper article on this anonymous heroic act, depicting a sketch of David in his rain poncho, to his son, who recognizes the hero as his father. David attends an exhibition at Elijah’s comic book art gallery and meets Elijah’s mother (Charlayne Woodard), who explains the difference between villains who fight heroes with physical strength versus those who use their intelligence. Elijah brings David to the back room of his studio, extends his hand, and asks David to shake it. Upon doing so, David sees visions of Elijah orchestrating several fatal disasters, including perpetrating David’s train accident, causing hundreds of deaths. David is horrified, but Elijah insists that the deaths were justified as a means to find him. Calling himself “Mr. Glass”, he explains that his own purpose in life is to be David’s antithesis.
Screen captions reveal that David reported Elijah’s actions to the police, and that Elijah was convicted of murder and terrorism, and committed to an institution for the criminally insane.This film is more than just a tale with a twist; every character in this film is damaged or missing something in his or her life and the film is as much about a quietly failing dysfunctional family as it is about the resolution of the mystery. A great film with some great twists and turns.

REVIEW: BONES – SEASON 8

 

Starring

Emily Deschanel (Boogeyman)
David Boreanaz (Angel)
Michaela Conlin (Yellowstone)
Tamara Taylor (Lost)
T. J. Thyne (Ghost World)
John Francis Daley (Game Night)

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Ryan O’Neal (Love Story)
Patricia Belcher (Jeepers Creepers)
Eugene Byrd (Arrow)
Andrew Leeds (Office Christmas Party)
Reed Diamond (Dollhouse)
Luke Kleintank (The Man In The High Castle)
Alexandra Holden (The Hot Chick)
Drew Powell (Gotham)
Lori Alan (Family Guy)
Danielle Panabaker (The Flash)
Carla Gallo (Superbad)
James Patrick Stuart (Gettysburg)
Abraham Benrubi (Buffy: TVS)
Joel David Moore (Avatar)
Michael Grant Terry (Grimm)
Pej Vahdat (Shameless)
Dylan Neal (Arrow)
Charlayne Woodard (Glass)
Brad William Henke (Lost)
Ralph Garman (Family Guy)
Cyndi Lauper (Henry & Me)
Amy Yasbeck (The Mask)
Gary Grubbs (Angel)
Henry Simmons (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Vik Sahay (Chuck)
John Rubinstein (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Sydelle Noel (Arrow)
Larry Poindexter (Blade: The Series)
Tamlyn Tomita (The Eye)
Brooke Langton (Swingers)
Tiffany Hines (Nikita)
Brian Klugman (Cloverfield)
Maurice Compte (Narcos)
Danny Woodburn (Watchmen)
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Treme)
J.D. Walsh (Two and a Half Men)
Nishi Munshi (The Originals)
Curtis Armstrong (American Dad)
Dave Thomas (Rat Race)
Allison Scagliotti (Warehouse 13)
Danielle Harris (Halloween 4)
Robert Pine (Red eye)
Joanna Cassidy (Blade Runner)
Mackenzie Astin (The Magicians)
Kenneth Mitchell (Star Trek: Discovery)
Alimi Ballard (Sabrina: TTW)

David Boreanaz, Patricia Belcher, Reed Diamond, and Andrew Leeds in Bones (2005)The end of the seventh season of “Bones” left Bones on the run with her infant child after being framed for murder by the highly skilled serial killer Christopher Pelant. The opening of the eighth season finds Booth and her colleagues at the Jeffersonian Institute trying to clear her name. Fortunately for the series, they succeed, although Pelant eludes justice to pose a future threat. This eighth season continues to feature crime-of-the-week murders for Bones, Booth, and the Jeffersonian lab rats to solve through clever forensics and Booth’s old-fashioned police work.David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)One of the most interesting episodes is told through the eyes of the murder victim, with the assistance of a psychic (a well-cast Cindy Lauper). Another standout episode involves a group effort to resolve a cold case whose victim turns out to be a forgotten hero of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.Emily Deschanel and T.J. Thyne in Bones (2005)Outside the lab, Bones has an uncomfortable but touching period of readjustment to living with Booth, after her time on the run. Her changed perspective will lead to some of the most interesting conversations as she and Booth commute to crime scenes. Just to complicate things, staff psychiatrist Dr. Sweets will temporarily move in with the couple right after he breaks up with girlfriend Daisy, a technician in the lab. Series regulars Angela and Hodgins will have their own challenges as working parents.

The continuing parade of interns through the Jeffersonian crime lab will feature in several episodes, and one of them will become a surprising emotional complication for Dr. Saroyan. Christopher Pelant will return to menace the team in a gut-wrenching season finale.