There are two kinds of people — those who love Unbreakable … and everybody else. I’m referring, of course, to M. Night Shyamalan’s second movie. The one that largely got panned for not having a twist ending as cool as his first movie. Which, don’t get me wrong, I really liked The Sixth Sense. I saw it twice — once to be shocked by the ending, then a second time to go back and figure out how I hadn’t seen it coming. But Unbreakable I’ve probably watched a dozen times now, and every time I get to the end, I say the same thing: “I really wish M. Night would make the sequel already.”
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the movie was always intended to be the first in a trilogy. This means that if he does make a sequel, it will be something he’s already put thought into, something that the first movie was intended to mesh with, and not just an add-on for the sake of itself.
I also liked Samuel L. Jackson’s take on Unbreakable’s initial lukewarm reviews: “[M. Night] was a victim of what Quentin [Tarrantino] was a victim of. Jackie Brown is a great movie, but it’s not Pulp Fiction 2. Unbreakable is a great movie, but it’s not ‘I see f**king dead people.’”
As for whether this will really happen … who knows. I’m just glad it’s a possibility, because this is one of my favorite movies of all time. As for whether it should happen, I’m with the guy who wrote that article, who had this to say to M. Night: “What’s the worst that could happen? It would suck? You’ve already proven time and time again that making sucky movies doesn’t stop you so I say go for it. You may win back some of the fans you’ve lost along the years.”