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This film somewhat reminded the author how he was, and it turns out that Split is the second-highest project in the Glass trilogy, which is still made by Unbreakable in 2000. Recently, a third film, named after the trilogy itself, arrived, which rounded up the story and fates of our anti-heroes.
The film's action begins with David Bruce Willis, who is actively searching for the superhuman personality of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), who has kidnapped four girls. Their conflict will lead to the arrest of both men who arrive at a psychiatric hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). It will be revealed that there is also Samuel L. Jackson, with whom David clashed in the first film. Dr. Steele tries to prove that the trio does not really have superhuman ability, but we'll soon realize that Ilya has his plans ...
In the period when he made his first film, the Shyamalan earned a lot of money for his producers, because he was capable of a director, but also a scriptwriter with great ideas, which he easily worked out and carried out in a quality story with plot twist. Today, the Shyamalan is no longer so appreciated, not because he has forgotten to direct, but his ideas are thin, and thus their elaboration and the whole story.
After Unbreakable, who dealt with superheroes before filming with them mega-expansion (and who does not have clichés characteristic of the genre), Split arrived, which probably would not have even noticed that James McAvoy was not such a high-quality actor. Glass is the author's attempt to create and conclude a retroactive trilogy, which is not a total failure, because it fulfilled my low expectations both as a special film and as part of the trilogy - nothing more than that.
The introduction to the story is excellent because we follow David's fight against crime for nineteen years after learning that he has supernatural powers. In Philadelphia, a serial killer is active, and everyone who has seen Split knows that it is a Beast, one of Kevin's identities, who suffers from a personality disorder. David and Kevin's conflict breaks up the police, they arrive at a psychiatric institution, we meet them, and since then the story goes downhill.
I will not go into the sensibility of the idea that the three of them are mistaken and that their supermodels can be explained by simple facts, because this segment is based on conversations between characters, and therefore all potential tension has been killed. Kevin and his multiple characters get a lot of space, Ilya is a kind of gray eminence, while David waiting to do something. Knowing the Shyamalan's style, the rest is waiting for an inevitable and big turn of everything that led to the ending.
This finale gives us several tweaks, each of them is relatively interesting, and all together make the total story, like the characters themselves, practically irrelevant in their movie. Glass is made of zinc and there is nothing that represents a distinctly bright spot. Even somehow, the top performance of James MacDonald has sunk into the universal gray, since he no longer has the surprise factor he had in the Split film, and the best segments of his acting are either during meaningless dialogues or in the moments of the melodramas before the end.