Thrillers to keep you awake

A trademark feature of all of Manoj Night Shyamalan?s movies is a cameo appearance by the writer/director himself. In Unbreakable, his next blockbuster after The Sixth Sense, you can catch the reclusive director as a drug dealer in a stadium.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 02:52 IST

A trademark feature of all of Manoj Night Shyamalan’s movies is a cameo appearance by the writer/director himself. In Unbreakable, his next blockbuster after The Sixth Sense, you can catch the reclusive director as a drug dealer in a stadium.

As with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable – released just a year later in 2000 – has Bruce Willis in the lead. And like The Sixth Sense, this film too is a suspense thriller.

The plot unfolds with a horrific train crash that kills 131 people, except David Dunn (played by Willis) who doesn’t even have a scratch on him. The film also stars Samuel L Jackson who plays an obscure character (Elijah Price) who approaches Dunn with a seemingly far-fetched theory behind it all, rocketing off an enticing thriller with a sci-fi twist. Jackson and Willis also starred together in Die Hard with a Vengeance and Pulp Fiction, although in that film they were never on screen together at the same time.

Several camera angles were chosen to simulate the comic book device of a frame round each scene. The film – its working title was, No Ordinary Man — explores the role that myth plays in our civilisation and explores the way human beings use comic books to explore mythic dimensions of the real world. As in comic books, the main characters have their identified colour schemes. David’s is green and Elijah’s is purple. They show up in their clothes, the wallpaper and bed sheets in their houses, Elijah’s note to David, and various personal items, among others.

Unbreakable was rated by cnn.com as the top 10 movies of 2000. James Newton Howard who composed the score for The Sixth Sense was the composer for this film too.

Starting January 23, Star Movies will telecast Shyamalan’s films at 9 pm for four nights.

Catch The Sixth Sense on Monday and Unbreakable on Tuesday, January 24. The fest concludes with a worldwide premiere of The Village on Thursday, January 26. HT City in an exclusive tie up with Star Movies, also brings you an exciting Shyamalan contest (details elsewhere on this page). Contest closes at 5 pm on January 22.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 02:52 IST