First name, Mr. Last name, Glass.
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The second trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s highly anticipated film, Glass, is here, and with it, the curtain has been pulled back just a little bit more on a film almost two decades in the making.

In Glass, the worlds of Unbreakable and Split collide as David Dunn (Bruce Willis) of Unbreakable finds himself chasing The Beast (James McAvoy) from Split, all while, from a prison cell, Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) is orchestrating a master plan that will reveal to the world superheroes, and supervillains, do exist.

This new trailer pretty clearly shows us the plot of the movie or, at least, what Shyamalan wants us to think the plot of the movie is. It seems like somehow David and The Beast end up in the same institution as Elijah (probably after some earlier altercation), their arrival awakens something in him and, using The Beast, Elijah unleashes his master plan to tell the world superheroes, and supervillains, actually do exist.

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The whole thing makes it feel like the hero, David Dunn, is up against an impossible task. In fact, it almost feels like his story is the afterthought here and the Glass and the Beast’s relationship is at the forefront. (Which wouldn’t be a surprise considering the title of the film.) I’m damned curious how Glass is going to balance these three figures. Who is the star? Who is the hero? Who is right? Who is wrong? It may seem obvious but I’m guessing it’s not.

Oh, and a special shout out to the James Newton Howard Unbreakable theme playing throughout this trailer. He’s not scoring Glass (that falls to composer West Dylan Thordson) but the movie wouldn’t be the same without that music.

We’ll find out on January 18 when Glass comes to theaters.

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