The Divisive Sci-Fi Thriller On Netflix That Ended A Fan-Favorite Trilogy

By Chris Snellgrove | Published

glass movie

Director M. Night Shyamalan is best known for horror movies and twist endings, but he doesn’t get enough credit for giving us the most unconventional superhero trilogy ever made. Things kicked off with Unbreakable in 2000 and continued with Split in 2016. In 2019, the director gave us Glass, a movie that ended the trilogy on a wild note and can now be streamed on Netflix.


bruce willis

To understand what Glass is all about, you need to know a bit more about the previous movies (so beware of spoilers if you’d like to approach this trilogy with no real knowledge of what’s going to happen). In Unbreakable, we are introduced to a superhero played by Bruce Willis, a man who can survive almost anything except for his one, inexplicable weakness: water. We are also introduced to Samuel L. Jackson’s character, a brittle villain (literally) who goes by the colorful moniker Mr. Glass.


split m. night shyamalan feature

Split focuses on a character (James McAvoy) who is suffering from a whopping 23 different personalities. One of those personalities is obsessed with a monstrous creature known as the Beast. And no, we’re not going to give you a prize for guessing that this Beast ends up being another one of the main character’s many personalities, one that features superhuman strength and seriously violent tendencies.

In a surprise ending, Bruce Willis’ Unbreakable hero shows up at the end of Split, alarmed by a news report about McAvoy’s character.


glass movie

In Glass, Bruce Willis has fully embraced his “unbreakable” powers to become a vigilante hero, but it’s only a matter of time before he must pit his talents against the Beast. After they are captured and brought to the same special prison that holds Mr. Glass, the villain stays true to his nature and tries to reveal the monstrous powers of the Beast to the world in the most violent and destructive way.

Glass Made Lots Of Money

Glass is a movie with a stacked cast, but when it first came out, its reception ended up being almost as divided as the mind of McAvoy’s character. It was a major hit at the box office, grossing a whopping $247 million against a meager budget of only $20 million dollars. That’s the kind of box office return that Kevin Feige and other Marvel execs would likely kill for right now.

Critics Couldn’t Stand It

glass movie

When it came to the reception of Glass, though, critics weren’t nearly as impressed with the movie. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a critical reception of only 37 percent, with critics complaining that the film was a disappointing end to the more ambitious films that came before it. Meanwhile, the audience reception of the film is 67 percent, illustrating that the fandom appreciated how M. Night Shyamalan brought things to a close in this explosive final installment.

Stream It Now

Fortunately, if you want to see what the fuss about Glass is all about, you don’t have to fight the Beast to watch this movie. All you have to do is press play and stream it on Netflix. Just make sure not to spill any water on yourself while watching…this would be a terrible way to find out that you’re a superhero with a weakness that covers the vast majority of the entire planet.