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Glass  (DVD)


Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard

Director: M Night Shyamalan

A knowledge of the previous two films in this trilogy, Unbreakable and Split - both far superior to this - will certainly help you to know what's going on in this talky and very long thriller, very much the last gasp of the trilogy and maybe of the director's career.

David Dunn (Willis, one of four people repeating their roles from Unbreakable 19 years ago), seemingly impervious to injury, blighted by visions and possessed of superhuman strength, is now wanted by police and a keeps a low profile in his son's electronics shop - until he passes by Kevin (McAvoy), a psycho with about 20 personalities, who kidnaps groups of girls and chains them up before killing them.

One touch between the pair and David sees the latest girls, trapped in a disused nearby factory. After a fight with Kevin's 'monster' personality (that can clamber along ceilings), both men are taken by the police and sent to a secure facility, which seems to have precious little security around, but also houses Mr Glass (Jackson), whose powers caused the original train crash in Unbreakable, but who must take care of his ultra-brittle bones.

Enter a top shrink (Paulson), who has plans for a procedure that will end her three patients' 'pain', and proceeds to interview all three at some length. You long for one or more to break out, but when the obvious does happen, you rather wish you hadn't, as the film just gets sillier and sillier by the foot, to the point of exasperation.

Who is holding David down in a deep puddle at the end and why? Do we care though? Probably not. The whole thing is foolish but not much fun at all.

David Quinlan

USA 2019. UK Distributor: Disney. Technicolor.
124 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 2, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 15 May 2019