After years of dormancy, the new trailer for the upcoming Glass sees Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) reactivated when two new guests show up at his mental hospital: his old nemesis David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), whose Dissociative Identity Disorder comes with a side order of superhuman abilities. Their therapist, Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), thinks their shared comic book superpower fixation is just a symptom of their various diagnoses, but Price has a plan to show the world that powers — and supervillains — are real.
It took nearly twenty years for M. Night Shyamalan to finally mount his sequel to Unbreakable, but it looks like a worthy successor. In fact, Glass looks like a better movie than Unbreakable. But, to be honest, that film’s very deliberate pace left me cold and uninterested in the follow-up when it seemed imminent in the early part of the century. In the years since, Shyamalan saw his critical and commercial clout disappear; giving him a renewed vigor as The Visit and Split both proved he had the chops to make lean, interesting thrillers.
But will his return to old ideas pan out or will he submerge once again? That answer may be as thrilling as anything which may occur in the film itself.
Glass opens on January 18th.