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 Posted:   Jun 28, 2001 - 4:51 AM   
 By:   Michael   (Member)

Let's hear some talk about this movie and score. I absolutely love both. Shymalan(sp?)isn't afraid to take chances, and Willis is terrific. Has anyone else noticed how easy on the eyes this movie is to look at? The cinematography is rock steady and beautiful and thank God someone still knows how to edit. I'm so happy to see that long static shots haven't vanished from modern cinema. Michael Bay needs to take a huge lesson in this department. And that music, one of James Newton Howard's best. This was the best score last year in my opinion. Interesting themes, not overbearing and one of the best title tracks in years. I can't wait to see and hear this one again!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2001 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Wickenstein   (Member)

The only thing I didn't like was the ending. Before you go off on me, it's not what you think. I thought the revelation at the end was clever, but I don't think it was pulled off right. The movie just doesn't come to a proper climax. The exact same problem I felt RULES OF ENGAGEMENT had. It just didn't feel like an end to me. Usually you know when the end of the movie is in sight, but not with this one.

Otherwise it's a great first act of a trilogy. I hope they make the next two. The score had a nice theme too.

NP: Citizen Kane: the essential Bernard Herrmann film music collection

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2001 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   stb247   (Member)

This might sound stupid, but I love Unbreakable for it's beauty. Never before there was a film as beautiful as this one. The cinematography, music, the acting and of course the slow but intensive directing.

I still think Newton-Howard should have gotten an Oscar-nomination for his score (at least).

The ending was okay. I was surprised. Blame me. A lot of people saw it comming, but I was so deep into the texture of the movie that it just hit me in the end.

Shayamalan (?) obviuosely planned this to be the first of many movies with David Dunn (or at least a comic world in reality).

What impressed me the most was the style of telling a story. We see the birth of a super hero so natural and so believable that it makes you wonder why it took so long to make a film like this. No Spuerman, Batman X-Men and so on can compete with what the director has done here.

I still wonder why there are some people think this is a dull and boring film. It's not. Once you get used to it's pace it's great entertainment.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2001 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   Romy   (Member)

I can totally understand the whole "beauty" concept of the film. Serra's cinematography was startling. Every shot had an artistic tone of some sort(my favorite was just as he was entering that big building; those lights beaming down from the ceiling). Howards score is phenomenal. I'm not just talking about The drumbeat song. I'm talking about the Elijah's theme, and the nighttime sequences, and the Zelda-like, heroic main title. Best of all- the DVD enhances all of this! It's one of the best that I've purchased in a long time. The deleted scenes rock. One in particular shows Willis breaking down in the shower(a showcase of Serra's art once again. It shows Bruce's face with the water pouring down on him. It just gives you chills. I curse anyone who ever insulted this film's boredome. This makes it even more delightful. I mean, we got to see normal(if not dysfunctional) people, living in a modern world of ugliness, who find happiness through this incredible ability. It couldn't have been done without the screenplay. It was just so real.

romy

-Can't wait for SIGNS to come out!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2001 - 11:44 PM   
 By:   phatjacck   (Member)

Unbreakable was awsome, except for the ending. I have to agree with you there that the way they ended it was a dissapointment. But I love all the little details that Shyamalan put in. Jackson and Willis were always wearing the same colors, purple and green, which are opposites on the color wheel, and I love that you see Jackson most of the time in a reflection of some sort, ex:mirror, tv,glass. I hope they do make the sequel.oh and James Newton Howard freakin rocks.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2001 - 2:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I thought the ending was clever and nice. We had it coming.

As for the beautiful cinematography, this is a clear spielbergian inspiration. And Shyamalan has gone on record to state his admiration for the director, so it's not surprising, really.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2001 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   AndrĂ© Lux   (Member)

quote:
Originally posted by Thor:
We had it coming.

Oh, yeah... sure!
He knows everything...
I forgot!! http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/rolleyes.gif">

quote:
As for the beautiful cinematography, this is a clear spielbergian inspiration.

Spielbergian inspiration??
Yeah, everyting is spielbergian to Thor.
I forgot!! http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/rolleyes.gif">

BTW, I really dig UNBREAKABLE although I agree with Wickenstein about the conclusion.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2001 - 1:44 AM   
 By:   JJH   (Member)

I thought Unbreakable a very good film.
Ah, but then I'm no filmmaker, so what do I know?


JNH's score is magnificent. listen to it quite a bit. Could be a bit louder though.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2001 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   I_Am_Artist   (Member)

I am a HUGE fan of this movie and score! Utterly ignored by critics and the Academy, it deserved some nominations at least. Everything about "Unbreakable" is great! The acting, story, score, directing, frame composition, lighting, etc., etc. I even love the ending.

The DVD presentation is superb! Beautiful transfer. I'm only disappointed that it didn't have a Director's Commentary track recorded for it.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2001 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Ringo   (Member)

M. Night Shamyalan is my new favourite director, ousting Spielberg. This guy is brilliant and I don't think we've even really seen what he is truly capable. This guy clearly loves movies. You can see this is in his painstaking attention to detail in both the Sixth Sense and even more so in Unbreakable (do I sense another classic collaboration in the works with Shamyalan & Willis?). I CANNOT wait for his next film.

I also love his DVDs, he and Kevin Smith put out the best DVDs. Hey James Cameron, thanks for all the time you put into the Aliens DVD! Did Cameron even know about the Aliens DVD, I hope not, because he didn't participate in it AT ALL. Smith and Shamyalan are the best there are right now. Smith writes the best dialogue, even the oh-so-flawed Mallrats had some of the best lines and some great gags.

I loved the ending to Unbreakable, and I too was shocked how this film was utterly ignored both critically and commercially. Remember, though, films like Vertigo were ignored as well upon their initial release as well...

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2001 - 10:00 PM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Unbreakable was (along with Chicken Run the best film of last year. Very well scored by James Newton Howard, too. The ending was spectacular precisely because it was subdued. Go figure, whereas Hollywood movies get more and more cartoonlike with lots of special effects, one of the most subtle and carefully constructed films was about comic strips. Kinda ironic. Samuel L. Jackson was terrific.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

Somehow I missed this one when it first came out, but I purchased one at Amazon for $5.00-superb score.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   humster   (Member)

It's amusing to see all the 2001 praise for M Night Shymalan considering that he now seems to be one of the most reviled directors in Hollywood.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   johnmullin   (Member)

Wow there was a 12 year gap before this thread was revived. Is that a record?

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

One of my favourite James Newton Howard scores.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

M. Night Shamyalan is my new favourite director, ousting Spielberg. This guy is brilliant and I don't think we've even really seen what he is truly capable.

12 years, indeed!

Oh, I think we have ...

Signs
The Village
Lady in the Water
The Happening
The Last Airbender
After Earth

The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable were decent films, but after that he's gone from bad to worse. ANd now he seems to be involved in some high-profile Tv series. Who keeps giving this guy money?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I have enjoyed all of his films, compared to some other directors I feel he is pretty good.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 4:01 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

This is one of my personal favorite scores, and what I consider to be one of J.N.H.'s best scores. A nubmer of tracks are some of my all-time favorite cues.

"The Wreck" is simply fantastic.

I'd say it's easily one of his two finest scores to Shyamalan (the other being the amazing "Signs").

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Dr Lenera   (Member)

I think The Village is Howard's best Shyamalan score....

But Unbreakable is probably the director's best film, and the score is still very good. I can't get a handle on Howard; much of his work i.e.Skyfall, leaves me cold, but his scores for this director are superb, even if the last two or three films haven't been very good.

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)


I can't get a handle on Howard; much of his work i.e.Skyfall, leaves me cold, but his scores for this director are superb,

That's probably because Skyfall was by Thomas Newman.

 
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