19 Years in the Making: Connections between Unbreakable, Split and Glass trilogy

Producer M. Night Shyamalan is back with Glass continuing the Unbreakable and Split franchise.

Glass is coming to cinemas on January 18, but what is it about and how does it link to the other two movies? UNIfied’s senior entertainment reporter, Karley Myall, explains the connections.

Unbreakable (2000) 

A security guard, David Dunn, is a survivor of a high-fatality train crash and finds himself at a centre of a mystery, who also has superhuman abilities. News about his survival is made public and a man whose own body is weak tracks him down to explain his unbreakable nature.

This film stars Bruce Willis, known for acting in films such as Die Hard, Split and Death Wish,  as well as the famous Samuel L. Jackson playing the antagonist, Mr Glass. Jackson is also commonly known for his roles in Avengers AssembleJurassic Park and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Split (2017)  

A mysterious Kevin Wendell Crumb is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder lives with twenty-four personalities in his day-to-day life. Crumb is played by the lovable Scotsman, James McAvoy, who performed as Professor X in the X-Men franchise (2011-2019).

After Crumb kidnaps three teenage girls in his basement, Casey Cooke, Claire Benoit and Marcia. A war for survival starts, when he tries to alert them through his weaker identities about the twenty-fourth personality. The Beast – all the while Crumb’s psychiatrist is trying to unravel the disorder.

Later on, in the film, Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) survives her encounter as she comes face-to-face with the dreaded Beast.

M. Night Shyamalan talks about James McAvoy for his performance in Split: ”I feel he’s the most courageous actor.”

Glass (2019) 

Bringing together the two narratives of Unbreakable and Split, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr Glass, a highly educated mass murderer. Alongside them is James McAvoy playing DID-riddled Kevin, as well as Anya-Taylor Joy who plays Casey Cooke in Split.

The plot was explained as: ‘’Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price (Mr Glass) emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.’’

However if you thought that concluded the special talent for this trilogy, you’d be wrong! Sarah Paulson, well known for her incredible acting throughout American Horror Story will be making an appearance in the new movie, playing Dr Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who specialises ‘’in helping individuals who believe they are superheroes.’’


How do they all link together?

There are some crazy connections between these three movies. A rather strange one is the colour scheme.

Unbreakable establishes greens for David Dunn, purples for Elijah Price and yellows for Split.

When the title comes up, purple lights appear all over the frame. Then when all three of them are in the hospital speaking to Dr. Ellie Staple, they are all wearing their colours. Dunn’s son and Elijah’s mum from Unbreakable are both seen in the new Glass trailer, wearing colours connected to their family members – this being a purple blouse and a dark green jacket.

Credit: Glass movie poster

Another key link is marked on Kevin’s body, when Casey tried to shoot The Beast in Split, she hits him twice. At the end of the film, you see him removing shrapnel from his chest as all his personalities talk to each other. When watching the trailer, you can see the scars where Casey shot him.

With all this comes the fact that Split is set in the same universe as Unbreakable, but it’s safe to say they share more than just a world.

Near the ending of Split, Kevin goes to the train station and purchases flowers, he then goes down to the platform and waits for a train to arrive, when it is empty, he lays the flowers down, goes inside and mutates into The Beast.

Since flowers can sometimes symbolise death, and the fact Kevin’s dad is completely absent in every single one of his flashbacks, it’s safe to assume he may have died. From this scene, it could prove that his dad died in a train accident. So, the question is what if Kevin’s dad died in the same crash that David survived?

As the action begins to fade out, it cuts to a diner where someone mentions a story of a guy in a wheelchair from a few years back, referring to Mr. Glass. In the next shot it is discovered that Dunn was in fact the one who said this, which left viewers shocked and wondering if there was a sequel in the making.

Another link is a shot of Glass in the trailer, looking at a comic book where a character is prying a part steel bars, which resembles the scene at the end of Split, where The Beast tries to break into the cage that Casey had locked herself in.

If you haven’t watched Split or Unbreakable, I suggest you do and definitely go and check out Glass while you can!

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