A Plot Question from Unbreakable


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A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« on: February 01, 2008, 03:52:08 AM »
I just saw Unbreakable again, and realized something: When Elijah is being wheeled out of the comic book store by the obnoxious cashier, he purposely crashes his wheelchair three times, causing a mess each time (though without visible emotion), and on the third time he finds the one thing he is looking for (the Sentry comic). Is this a purposeful metaphor of the main Elijah subplot: how he caused three major accidents (the airplane explosion, the building fire, and the train crash), causing hundreds of deaths each time (again without any obvious emotion), and on the third time he finds what he is looking for (in this case, David Dunn)? What do you think?

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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2008, 09:52:29 AM »
That's what I had always thought, it would make sense, especially since Shyamalan puts very specific allusions into his films.
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2008, 12:05:16 PM »
That's an interesting observation...Could be true!...Or it could be luck. Lol. We may never know for sure.

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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008, 02:27:11 PM »
I think with Shyamalan it's intentional, that's just the kind of director and scriptwriter he is.
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008, 08:32:27 PM »
Exactly.  He's got a very reverse-engineering style of storytelling, where themes from the climax are repeated in various insignificant ways prior to the climax.   It's kind of fun to go back and spot them.

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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2008, 04:29:41 AM »
I would be surprised if it was coincidence.  It seems to me that everything in a Night movie is there for a reason.

Good spot Ivan!  :)

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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2008, 07:19:13 AM »
Wow!It is definitely as you said!I never noticed that,good point! ;)
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2008, 09:47:09 AM »
Yea, you watch a Shyamalan movie for the first time, and then you watch it again to see all the little things he puts in that point to something else in the movie.  I wonder what would happen if Shyamalan directed a detective story.
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008, 06:19:15 AM »
" It's kind of fun to go back and spot them."

Kind of fun!? It's like the best thing ever! When I watched Unbreakable again and heard "They say this one has a surprise ending" I was like  :o lol

"I wonder what would happen if Shyamalan directed a detective story." - I actually heard somewhere that one of his idea's for future films was a murder mystery film, like 'And Then There Were None' (you guys should totally check out that film. Then send me a message telling me how he should totally make a film like that ;))

I never noticed the 3 accidents thing before so great spot dude!! Very perceptive!

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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2008, 09:20:31 AM »
I just think he would be great at directing a murder, or detective story, because he's very precise in his details, and you need that for a good mystery.
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2008, 05:46:14 PM »
Wow.  Never caught that before.  Interesting.  Very interesting. 

It was prob. accident, but the more I think about it... the more I think it was prob on purpose.  Crazy, and amazing.    :o :)
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2008, 10:30:18 PM »
one thing about night's movies...is the depth of his symbolism.

obviously red is huge in his movies.  there is always religious undertones also.  Not that he's necessarily religious.  and always in or near philadelphia.
i'm sure there are others..but he finds ways to put many layers to his films.

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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2008, 09:21:00 AM »
Here's afew more.  Something tragic has usually happened to his main characters, the marriage's in his movies are always having trouble, and water shows up, in Unbreakable it is David Dunn's weakness, the aliens weakness, and the Scrunt's won't go near it, that's why Story hid in the pool.
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2008, 11:41:48 AM »
Stating all this stuff from his movies just makes you want to watch every movie in detail, but when I start watching them, I get sucked into the story and dont pay any attention to the symbolysim!  *sigh*
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Re: A Plot Question from Unbreakable
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2008, 09:20:47 AM »
I know, but I don't mind too much.  If you watch it in bits, which is incredibly hard, you can notice more stuff. ;D
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