The film “Glass” is about three alpha male characters and one female psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple. One of the men David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, is good, Kevin ( a.k.a. The Beast), played by James McAvoy, is very bad and the third Elijah Prize (a.k.a. Glass), played by Samuel L. Jackson, is brilliant but a deeply troubled villain.
The idea is to convince these three men with exceptional strength, abilities and intellect that they are not super heroes. Dr. Staple believes the three men suffer from delusions of grandeur, specifically men who believe they have super abilities.
MovieGuide.org states this about Glass:
GLASS is a psychological thriller from Writer/Director M. Night Shyamalan, the third movie in a trilogy that includes the movies UNBREAKABLE and SPLIT. GLASS is about three different men, each with special abilities, that are put under psychiatric care because of crimes they committed. David Dunn is very strong, and can tell if people are bad and good, and he secretly fights as a vigilante hero. Kevin is a man who’s split between 23 personalities, one of which is called The Beast and is incredibly strong and dangerous. Finally, Elijah is a brilliant and murderous man whose incredibly fragile bones lead him to believe he’s a villain in a real life comic book world. A psychiatrist tries to convince the men they have the same delusion.
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The psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple is part of a larger organization with the mission to mentally neuter these three super heroes.
The attempt to mentally neuter these three alpha males fails. How it fails in the end is the best part of the film.
Glass does have a moral message. There are good and bad men in the world. These men are capable of doing incredible things both good and bad. It reminded me of the spaghetti western staring Clint Eastwood titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
If there is any lesson to be learned from “Glass” it is that Hollywood can’t make movies where the good guy wins and the bad guys lose, like in the Clint Eastwood film.
Hollywood has lost its moral compass.
Good must prevail. Men are good so long as they have a strong moral compass. They go wrong when they succumb to the weakness of the flesh or their own sense of importance rather than a higher calling to do good.
It is a film worth seeing. Could it have been better? Yes, if it has a stronger moral message.
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