History Film / Unbreakable

21st Feb '17 11:11:31 PM KJMackley
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** The note Elijah left David "How many days in your life have you been sick?" is written in comic sans, a font directly inspired by its use in comic books.
20th Feb '17 11:00:23 PM KJMackley
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* {{Flashback}}: It's mentioned several times that David and Audrey were in a bad car accident in college, which factors into several plot points including David supposedly being hurt (disproven the "unbreakable" claim) and if he stayed playing football him and Audrey would not have married. Right before the climax, David inspects the wrecked train cars from the beginning of the film and flashes back to his car accident and what really happened.
20th Feb '17 12:38:33 AM KJMackley
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** The opening scene has Elijah's mother having just recently given birth and beaming with her child, and just appears mildly confused over how long the baby has been crying. The doctor then reveals her baby's arms and legs were broken in the delivery. The entire room is in shock.



* WhamLine: In the opening scene with the doctor.
-->"Ma'am, I've never seen... this. It appears your baby has suffered some fractures while in your uterus. His arms and his legs are broken."



* YourCheatingHeart: David’s awkward flirtation with a girl on his doomed train trip. Audrey later asks him, with no strings attached, if he has cheated since they've been having problems, and he tells her no. Her emotional reaction to that (and a DeletedScene) suggests she has been unfaithful.

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* YourCheatingHeart: David’s awkward flirtation with a girl on his doomed train trip. Audrey later asks him, with no strings attached, if he has cheated since they've been having problems, and he tells her no. Her emotional reaction to that (and a DeletedScene) suggests she has ''has'' been unfaithful.
20th Feb '17 12:27:00 AM KJMackley
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Elijah — now a respected owner of a comic book art gallery — makes contact with David, asking a simple question: [[ArmorPiercingQuestion “How many days in your life have you been sick?”]] David is caught off guard and starts thinking back on his entire life, even consulting his wife Audrey, and he cannot remember taking one sick day, having a single headache, or getting bruised. David makes contact with Elijah in return, who offers a very dramatic possible answer. If he, Elijah, is on one end of the spectrum by being so frail and brittle, then the existence of someone who is on the other end of the spectrum, having superhuman durability, must balance the equation — and he believes David to be this person. He bases this conclusion on his love of comic books, and believing that ‘super’ humans exist but are dismissed because of the commercialization of superheroes.

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Elijah — now a respected owner of a comic book art gallery — makes contact contacts with David, David with a letter asking a simple question: [[ArmorPiercingQuestion “How many days in your life have you been sick?”]] David is caught off guard and starts thinking back on his entire life, even consulting his wife Audrey, and he cannot remember taking one sick day, having a single headache, or getting bruised. David makes contact with Elijah in return, who offers a very dramatic possible answer. If he, Elijah, is on one end of the spectrum by being so frail and brittle, then the existence of someone who is on the other end of the spectrum, having superhuman durability, must balance the equation — and he believes David to be this person. He bases this conclusion on his love of comic books, and believing that ‘super’ humans exist but are dismissed because of the commercialization of superheroes.



* BadassBystander: [[spoiler: David rescues the two kids and tells them to stay low and quiet while he checks the rest of the house. After David falls into the pool and tangled up in the tarp, they rescue him by reaching a pole in so he could grab on and pull him to the edge]].



* DivorceIsTemporary: David and Audrey are not divorced, but are sleeping apart and David is looking to move out. David surviving the train crash motivates Audrey to not give up on their relationship, and try starting over.



** [[spoiler: The morning after David rescues the family]], Audrey mentions that they should make it a family rule if they see Elijah again they call the police. David looks hesitant but agrees anyway. [[spoiler: The next time David sees him, he discovers Elijah was responsible for a number of mass deaths incidents, and the subtitles indicate David led the police to him]].



* TimeShiftedActor: A flashback to the car crash David and Audrey were in while in college has them played by younger actors. The difference is notable but obscured by the low lighting.



** The film itself is based on actual medical conditions, both Elijah's brittle bones and David's indestructible bones. In fact, one medical story has a man in a car accident and was unharmed, but went to the hospital because that's what you're supposed to do. They learned that his bones were ultra-dense, and the only indication he had before the accident was that he couldn't swim.

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** The film itself is based on actual medical conditions, stories, both Elijah's brittle bones and David's indestructible bones. In fact, one medical story has a man in a car accident and was unharmed, but went to the hospital because that's what you're supposed to do. They learned that his bones were ultra-dense, as strong as granite, and the only indication he had before the accident was that he couldn't swim.



* YourCheatingHeart: David’s awkward flirtation with a girl on his doomed train trip.

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* YourCheatingHeart: David’s awkward flirtation with a girl on his doomed train trip. Audrey later asks him, with no strings attached, if he has cheated since they've been having problems, and he tells her no. Her emotional reaction to that (and a DeletedScene) suggests she has been unfaithful.
19th Feb '17 11:10:30 PM KJMackley
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** The film itself is based on actual medical conditions, both Elijah's brittle bones and David's indestructible bones. In fact, one medical story has a man in a car accident and was unharmed, but went to the hospital because that's what you're supposed to do. They learned that his bones were ultra-dense, and the only indication he had before the accident was that he couldn't swim.
15th Feb '17 1:21:34 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Real life doesn't fit into little boxes that were drawn for it."'']]

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1st Feb '17 8:01:55 PM bt8257
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* AlliterativeName: David Dunn, most fittingly.

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* AlliterativeName: David Dunn, most quite fittingly.
30th Jan '17 1:46:09 AM KJMackley
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* FollowTheLeader: The film came at a time just before the superhero boon, several months after ''Film/XMen1'' but before ''Film/SpiderMan1'' kicked it into gear. With all the talk of superheroes and superpowers, this film ended up being a cornerstone of the concept of "real life superpowers" in various documentaries, including ''Stan Lee's Superhumans''.


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* ShowerOfAngst: A DeletedScene had David taking a shower after returning home from the train crash and collapsing into tears. Shyamalan said said it was taken out because it was too much too soon.
24th Jan '17 5:41:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* IdealIllnessImmunity: One of the factors that make David realize that he is superhuman is the fact that he's never gotten sick or taken a day off from work.
23rd Jan '17 1:56:14 AM MarkLungo
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* TheHerosJourney [[spoiler:[[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain to Villain]]]]: Deconstructed. It doesn’t help that [[spoiler:the villain Elijah knows his mythology and the Campbellian elements to manipulate David into accepting the CallToAdventure.]]

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* TheHerosJourney [[spoiler:[[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain to Villain]]]]: Deconstructed. It doesn’t help that [[spoiler:the villain Elijah knows his mythology and the Campbellian elements well enough to manipulate David into accepting the CallToAdventure.]]



* RealityEnsues: The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue suggests that, in an aversion of CardboardPrison, [[spoiler: instead of becoming David's ArchEnemy like he seems to believe, "Mr. Glass" ends up locked away in a mental asylum for the rest of his life (turns out that in real life escaping from jail is actually pretty damn hard). The ending to ''Split'' seems to confirm this.]]

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* RealityEnsues: The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue suggests that, in an aversion of CardboardPrison, [[spoiler: instead of becoming David's ArchEnemy like he seems to believe, "Mr. Glass" ends up locked away in a mental asylum for the rest of his life (turns out that in real life escaping from jail is actually pretty damn hard). The ending to ''Split'' ''Film/{{Split}}'' seems to confirm this.]]
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