David is a character who, for lack of a better term is invincible, having survived disasters like car and train wrecks. Elijah was born with his arms and legs broken – the polar opposite of David – is so frail that he is constrained to a wheelchair. Elijah is in love with comic books and believes that the world consists of a universal balance; that David is the superhero that balances out his frailty and spends the movie trying to convice David of his own greatness in order to validate his ideas about the world.
Billed as a science-fiction action thriller, “Unbreakable” is being mis-promoted. In the wake of another super-hero movie, “X-Men,” audiences are bound to be disappointed by the lack of raw action in this psychological thriller. Bruce Willis plays against type as a humble, underachiever who gives up his dream of becoming a super-hero on the grid iron in exchange for an unremarkable married life with his high school sweetheart. The theme of this film is its strength and weakness – a shy, unmotivated ordinary “Joe” discovers his hidden powers and dons his cape to become a real life super-hero. The script keeps the audience waiting and waiting for the good-triumphs-over-evil payoff which finally comes, but too little too late…unless we are being prepared for a sequel. The key character portrayals by Willis and Jackson are delivered with deftness and credibility. Their ever-changing and evolving relationships on screen are truly inspiring. Unfortunately, the language barrier has been broken once again by an entertainment culture that does not place a significant value on God the Father or God the Son. They choose to use their names in vein rather than in honor.