Critics have savaged director M Night Shyamalan’s new film Glass, the long-awaited sequel to his 2000 superhero classic Unbreakable.
Glass, which merges the universe of Unbreakable with Shyamalan’s 2016 film Split, has a rating of just 38% so far on Rotten Tomatoes.
Released on January 18, Glass stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson from Unbreakable with James McAvoy and Anna Taylor-Joy returning from Split. New actors include Sarah Paulson and Luke Kirby.
Joining its predecessors to form a trilogy Shyamalan has dubbed The Eastrail 177 Trilogy, Glass sees superhuman security guard David Dunn (Willis) pursue The Beast (McAvoy), with the chase watched over by the shadowy Mr Glass (Jackson). Another returning actor from Unbreakable is Spencer Treat Clark as Dunn’s son Joseph – Clark was just 13 in the original film.
Of the poor reviews so far, Time Out said: “Glass assumes we’re all going to lean in on dialogue about comic books… The Sixth Sense is still his only great film.” Meanwhile, Variety stated: “The movie, watchable as it is, is still a disappointment… a sequel that feels more dutiful than necessary.”
Slate said Glass is “drawn-out and disjointed”, while Forbes wrote: “Glass is a shattering disappointment and a monumental artistic misfire.” Hollywood Reporter claimed: “Though satisfying enough to work at the multiplex, Glass doesn’t erase memories of the ways that even movies before the abjectly awful After Earth and The Last Airbender made us wary of the words ‘A film by M Night Shyamalan.'”
Not all the reviews have attacked Glass, with Digital Spy calling it “A unique, surprising and meta take on the well-trodden superhero genre that will thrill fans and newcomers alike.” Business Insider added: “Glass wraps up the trilogy neatly.”
Shyamalan confirmed this week that Glass will feature previously-unseen footage from Unbreakable, telling Fandango: “You do see moments of the original Unbreakable – scenes you didn’t get to see.”