Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Broken Record, Shattered 'Glass' James Mcavoy's 24 Personalities Almost - but Not Quite - Rescue 'Glass'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Broken Record, Shattered 'Glass' James Mcavoy's 24 Personalities Almost - but Not Quite - Rescue 'Glass'

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Kevin Wendell Crumb's 24 distinct personalities are enough to keep everybody on the mental health staff busy. He's the equivalent of two deranged football teams, or six psychopathic bridge tables.

When last seen, two years ago in director M. Night Shyamalan's "Split," Kevin (James McAvoy) kidnapped three nubile high school girls - no point kidnapping high school girls unless they're nubile - and sadistically toyed with them in his labyrinthine underground bunker.

Or rather, Hedwig, Dennis, Orwell, Jade, Patricia, Heinrich, et al., toyed with them. It's hard to keep up with two dozen personalities. They tag-team in a split second. But most dangerous is the uber-powerful one who pops out when Kevin is most stressed: the Beast.

If you thought the Beast was dispatched at the end of "Split," your naivete exceeds Pollyanna's. In "Glass," the follow-up at hand, he's alive and well at Raven Hill Psychiatric Hospital under the care of Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). Also alive, if not so well, is a gaggle of nubile cheerleaders chained up inside a nearby warehouse.

Now, Dr. Staple has a remote-control device not unlike your FiOS one that changes Kevin's personality channel by zapping him with klieg lights when he gets out of hand. Trouble is, (No. 1) you never know which of his channels you'll get next, and (No. 2) nubile cheerleaders - like this screenplay - are none too resourceful in a crisis.

Sounds like a job for vigilante security guard-psychic David Dunn, who you'll recall is - or maybe you won't recall .

There should be a law requiring all prequels, sequels, trilogies, quadrupies, etc. to stand alone in terms of plot. But since there isn't, I'm obliged to tell you that ages ago in "Unbreakable" (2000), David (Bruce Willis) was the sole survivor of a terrible train collision. A mysterious stranger named Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson) tells him he's one of a small superheroic subset of people endowed with extraordinary endurance, courage, a predilection for danger and premonitions of criminal events.

Got all that? It's actually TLI, not TMI - too little, not too much information - just the minimum necessary to prep you for "Glass," in which all three of the above-named principles find themselves confined in the same loony bin.

Kevin was originally created for "Unbreakable" but pulled and put in narrative mothballs until "Split" (2016). "Glass" now completes the tortured trilogy. Disney owns "Unbreakable." Universal owns "Split." They agreed to team for the unique idea of a sequel to both - first co-production between two bitter rivals in the film and theme park businesses for half a century.

Money heals all wounds, physical and corporate. …

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