YMMV / Unbreakable

  • Awesome Music: James Newton Howard's score.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: A panoramic close-up of David's head clearly shows Bruce Willis's acne scars and ear piercing. Since David is supposed to be physically impervious, just imagine those aren't there.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Around the beginning, when Elijah is selling a comic-art to a man. ...Only to find the customer wants to buy it for his 4-year-old son. Elijah's refusal to sell his 'art' as a birthday present for a child is funny in context.
    Elijah: (calmly) No. No, no, no, no, no. You need to go. Now.
    Customer: What did I say?
    Elijah: (still calmly) Do you see any teletubbies in here?
  • Cult Classic: It got some decent reviews and made some money upon release, but few people knew what to make of it. It didn't help being sandwiched between Shyamalan's more newsworthy and successful The Sixth Sense and Signs, with many people simply comparing it to them in one way or the other. Because of that Unbreakable is considered Shyamalan's most underrated film, and one people held on to even as Shyamalan's reputation started to fall.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Anyone familiar with this movie might cringe a little after learning about the Amtrak train crash just outside of Philadelphia.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Elijah loves comics and desperately wants to be like the men he has spent his life collecting images of. Twelve years later, Samuel L. Jackson is playing Nick Fury, a badass Superhero who is head of a team of badass superheroes. Made better by the scene in the comic book store in which The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor are both visible. Both would later be on his team. Even better, during the art sale near the end, a copy of "Nick Fury's SHIELD" is seen over his head.
    • After this film was released, it was discovered that a whole family had a genetic mutation that caused all of their bones to be as tough as granite ... Even better; none of them knew until the father went to the hospital for being in a car wreck and was completely unharmed.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Elijah. Even after he's been captured by authorities, he still succeeded in his goals.
  • Newbie Boom: By 2017, thanks to the success of Split.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Elijah falling down the stairs. Definitely one of the most disturbing depictions of breaking bones in movie history.
    • The psychopathic janitor in the climax. He breaks into a complete stranger's home, abruptly claims it as his own, murders said stranger in cold blood, imprisons — and implicitly tortures — his family, and then nearly drowns David when he comes to save said family. And worst of all? We never learn why. Even though said janitor's nowhere near the Person of Mass Destruction that Elijah is, the former actually manages to be even more disturbing — no Affably Evil or Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds status for him at all.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Somewhat averted. While the "Realistic Superman" trope has become very prevalent in pop culture, this film gets a lot of praise for kick-starting it and is commonly viewed as being a good film released at the wrong time.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Ever since the release of Split.
  • Vindicated by History: When this film came out, superhero films were few and far between, and deconstructing something so obscure seemed bizarre. Today superheroes dominate the box office and Unbreakable would fit right in. Not only it is considered one of Shyamalan's best films (the other being The Sixth Sense; though some might argue it's even better than that) but perhaps his most underrated. Most of the critical responses were actually good, but it didn't garner as much attention or as much money as its predecessor. That's not to say that it was extremely unsuccessful or anything; it was moderate at best. As for the films that came after... well, let's just say that while they definitely got a lot of attention, it wasn't really for good reasons... HOWEVER...
  • The Woobie: Due to genetics being a crap-shoot, Elijah has spent roughly a third of his life in a hospital bed. In the end, he is revealed as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.