Original Release Date: November 22, 2000
Box Office Earnings: After the smash-hit success of The Sixth Sense, audiences were eager to see what new hot commodity M. Night Shyamalan would cook up next, and the answer was the subversive superhero thriller Unbreakable. Audiences were obviously curious, with the film earning a substantial $248 million off a $75 million budget.
Critical Acclaim: Although not as beloved as Shyamalan’s first film, Unbreakable still earned a healthy critical consensus, with the film earning a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes. The general review of the film says that “with a weaker ending, Unbreakable is not as good as The Sixth Sense. However, it is a quietly suspenseful film that intrigues and engages, taking the audience through unpredictable twists and turns along the way.”
About the Role: Bruce Willis headlines the films as David Dunn, a security guard who survives a horrific train crash with no injuries, which leads to his discovery of superhuman abilities.
Simply the Best: Why this film? Why does Unbreakable deserve the top spot out of all of Bruce Willis’s great movies? It’s because of how the perception of the movie has changed over time. Unbreakable is a deconstruction of the superhero genre before superhero movies were the dominant franchises in Hollywood.
Back then, Unbreakable wasn’t as well received by general audiences because it was subverting a genre that wasn’t even popular yet. Go back and watch it now and see how well it critiques superhero stories while still being a generally thrilling movie.
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