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The Most Realistic Superhero Anything Ever
This movie is the most realistic imagining of superheroes ever. I literally mean it when I say that. V for Vendetta due to being an extremely close second in terms of realism, and Hancock do to being the same medium and milieu will be used as scales to compare realism. The origin of the super powers:
- Hancock: Never really explained.
- V For Vendetta: A "criminal" subject to cruel human experimentation that ended up giving enhancements somehow.
- Unbreakable: By analogy from Elijah's genetic mutation that makes him weak, David has a genetic mutation that makes him strong and very resilient.
- Hancock: Flying Brick to the fullest, physics-breaking extent.
- V For Vendetta: Believable Peak-human potential.
- Unbreakable: Super/peak-human strength, ability to survive anything but drowning pretty much, and somewhat ambiguously sensing evil in others. While "sensing evil" might seem unrealistic, it really depends on how you see the world [see this scale http://www.kheper.net/topics/scifi/magic.html to see what I mean.]
- Hancock: He can't fight crime well yet has super powers.
- V For Vendetta: Following a nuclear war, the UK is being run by an oppressive far-right government that can only be countered by a certain anarchist with a plan.
- Unbreakable: Elijah is trying to find a super-powered hero as an analogy to his crippling disability, and thus because a super-powered person is also the hero, the disabled person must be the villain by analogy. Using that, Elijah arranges accidents to find this super person, eventually finding David.
This is an interesting angle on the superhero genre. Hancock's powers are somewhat explained, however. He tells the story of having an accident in which he wakes up as an immortal...if I'm remembering this correctly. I'm not sure if perhaps he has amnesia and can't remember his origins until Mary tells him the story in the hospital. And although V is a kind of superhero, he's really not. He's a terrorist, first and foremost. A more revealing comparison perhaps would be between Batman (upperclass superhero) and David (working class superhero). David's powers are pretty comparable to Batman's, even though Batman doesn't have a "magic" gene. Still, they are both Guardians of the people and do things ordinary people can't do. By the way, I agree with you about Unbreakable, which is my favorite Shymaylan (sp?) film, even moreso than Sixth Sense. It doesn't get a lot of credit, but I adore it.
comment #19168 blueburner 27th Apr 13
Great review. Forget The Sixth Sense, this should have been Shyamalan's name-making film. It didn't bore me the way Sixth Sense did, especially since it was much harder to figure out what the twist ending was in this one.
comment #19171 DarkLiterati 28th Apr 13
Not sure how Unbreakable is more "realistic" than V for Vendetta but it's certainly more low-key despite a character having explicit super powers. Your review needs some work by the way. You're not really giving a whole lot of detail and most of what you're comparing and contrasting is mostly just surface details that don't really explain much about the film. And the metric by which you're comparing the three films is very, VERY flawed.
comment #26663 ChronosFox 17th Oct 14
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