Glass, 6.1/10, is the third installment in the M. Night Shyamalan franchise that ties up 19 years of anticipation/confusion. Now I use the word franchise loosely as it was only 3 years ago that we were introduced to the idea of Mr Glass (Samuel L Jackson) and Overseer (Bruce Willis) existing in the same world as The horde (James McAvoy). So when Glass was announced, I couldn’t help but feel that Shyamalan was clutching at straws in an attempt to birth a franchise of his own.
The overall concept is actually very engaging, could there be individuals with powers beyond human belief or do these three men simply have a delusion of grandeur. Glass concludes the Eastrail 177 trilogy by bringing all three characters together under the control of mysterious psychiatrist Dr Staple as she begins her analysis on their respective “abilities”.
You can tell that M. Night Shyamalan felt there was too much time passed between Unbreakable (2000) and Glass as a lot of time is spent bridging that 19 year gap. Even to the point that Shyamalan himself turned up and explained even more backstory. Glass on a whole was thoroughly entertaining for the first and second act, even the beginning of the third was strong but it sadly shattered under pressure with new plot devices being thrown in unexpectedly and unnecessarily at the very end.
James McAvoy’s ability to play 24 characters effortlessly and smoothly switch between them at any moment is somewhat mind boggling. In my opinion he really does carry the weight of this film and the franchise; he alone makes Glass worth seeing. However be warned there is nothing super about this movie.
Entertainment (of its Genre): 6/10
Overall rating….. 6.1/10