Unbreakable ★★★★

This film is a little ahead of its time in that it's the proper response to superhero films that would dominate the Hollywood landscape the following decade without using the same size of scope and budget. As much as I like Snyder, he is arguably susceptible to the same shortcomings as the films he in many ways is responding to. In contrast, this exists in its own ballpark.

As far as existing as a proper counterbalance to the more corporate of films, Unbreakable I would argue still properly engages within the comic book medium. The first act is like a back-and-forth juxtaposition of origin establishments between David Dunn and Elijah Price, though unlike Spider-Man (which was released two years later, I must add), it juxtaposes different time periods with unapologetic grace reminiscent at gazing upon one panel to the next. As David uses his powers, we get short flashbacks that once again takes us into this mode of communication. The end re-contextualizes the beginning; it re-contextualizes everything... and as we go back, we come to see these collages of images in new light, and we come to understand the whole.