By Brianna Baldwin and Ethan Johnson
Following the highly rated movies Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), comes a new movie to the big screen: Glass. Unbreakable is a movie about a man named David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis) who learns that he is practically invincible following a train wreck where he was the only survivor and had no broken bones or other such injuries. He, along with his son, test his strength to find that he can lift 350 pounds. He also found that he could see memories and scenes of a person’s life, simply by touch. Dunn then used this strength, cognitive abilities, and near-invincibility to fight crime and save people from harm with some help from Mr. Glass. At the end of the movie, it is made clear that Mr. Glass was the force behind the major tragedies within the area, including the train wreck that had killed all passengers except for Dunn. Mr. Glass was reported to the authorities and subsequently committed to a mental asylum.
The next movie in the Eastrail 177 Trilogy was Split. Split is a movie about Kevin Wendell Crumb (played by James McAvoy) who had a tragic childhood, that is kept mostly secret. It is later explained that his father left on a train, never to return, leaving Kevin with his abusive mother. Because of these traumas, Crumb developed dissociative identity disorder with 23 distinct personalities. He abducts three girls. He intended to release the 24th personality and kill the girls, but one of them named Casey was spared because he identified with her as he noticed her scars from abuse, similar to the abuse that he had once endured. Casey found that saying Kevin’s full name would bring his original personality back in control. She was rescued at the end of the movie, while Crumb was arrested.
The next and final movie within the Eastrail 177 Trilogy was released in theaters on January 18th, 2019, and named Glass. With many unexpected but delightful twists and surprises, Glass did well with their small budget of only $20 million. The director, M. Night Shyamalan, was able to cleverly hide multiple hints leading up to how the movie would end but not enough to spoil the ending entirely. The cast was also exceptionally well-chosen for their roles as both James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson performed their parts stellarly. This shows as, in only the opening weekend, Glass made $47 million dollars. That is more than double their budget.
The only issue that negates all of the great aspects of the movie Glass is that all three main characters, David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Mr. Glass, were all killed off. This makes any future movies or stories impossible, or at least with these characters. Although Glass was the final movie within the Eastrail 177 Trilogy, the movie ended with a cliffhanger. After David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Mr. Glass died, it was made clear that many of the agents associated with the downfall of Mr. Glass’s plans were a part of a secret organization whose entire goal is to prevent the general public from ever knowing about humans who have obtained superhuman powers or traits. They will first take a psychological and quiet path to prevent these “heroes” from making themselves well known by attempting to convince them that they have no real powers; everything that they can do is completely fabricated by their own minds. For Dunn, they attempted to convince him that he has an abnormal bone density, preventing breaks, and a natural talent for reading body language, much like magicians. For Crumb, they attempted to convince him that “The Beast” is no more than a violent and physically fit adult male. For Glass, they attempted to convince him that superhumans or superheroes like the comics portray are not possible. Dunn was the closest to believing the psychologist until he was pushed to the point of breaking down a steel door with his bare hands in order to save possibly thousands of people. Crumb was also almost convinced of the psychologist’s lies as approximately half of his personalities (also known as “The Horde”) were convinced The Beast was no more than a regular man, as the psychologist said. Of the remaining personalities, many were beginning to doubt The Beast’s abilities.
Overall, the movie Glass was written, directed, and performed with astounding results. The movie has a thrilling and suspenseful storyline that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. The actors chosen for each role were the perfect fit. It is a must-see for any superhero movie fans and those who enjoyed Unbreakable and or Split.