There are fine fanedits, good fanedits, excellent fanedits, and there are Wraith's. Just wow. I can hardly imagine the amount of effort and planning put into this gigantic edit to make it work so well.
I specially liked the way in which the Unbreakable and Split lines developed in parallel, and how the protagonists became selfaware of themselves in a similar, but also very different ways. The use of alternate sequences for Unbreakable that actually provide the same information as in the original movie but in a different context was also a great detail. I also liked the focus on the main character's psyche, rather than telling the story from others' point of view (the son or the kidnapped girl, in the original movies). The final part, which mostly belongs to Glass is the weakest segment but it is also because the original conclusion already felt too generic in comparison with the two former movies (the psychiatrist and the organization behind).
The edit is, as always, top notch. If it wasn't for the different cinematography (more analog for Unbreakable and more digital for Split/Glass), many sequences would feel like belonging to the same movie. As always, a great thanks to Wraith to entertain us with a great piece of work
After watching, I’m not sure which version I like the most, either this one or the companion /alternative edit “Split Unbreakable Glass”.
In “Unbreakable Glass Split”, the author gives us a different perspective on the Narrative Arcs of the main characters. The highlight for me was The Horde and how their growth happens in parallel with the other 2 main characters’ development. The acting performance of James McAvoy is on the spotlight here and it does shine brightly.
The deep, psychological nuances of the protagonist/antagonists gradually grow and shine in this perspicacious edit - absolutely unlike my watered-down experience with the separate original versions. It begins with David-Elijah : Kevin-Fletcher parallels and smoothly segues to the Dr. Staple arc - punctuating the theme of 'Belief is the only superpower/weakness' of the featured superhero/supervillains.
It won't be a hyperbole to say that Wraith must be hired by the industry ASAP, considering his brilliant work with this version which, IMHO, will be the best way to watch this trilogy. Given his understanding and talent, hope he works with more psyche-oriented complex projects such as Mindhunter, True Detective, Severance, Too Old to Die Young, Hannibal, Dexter, Mr. Robot, Red Riding, or Millennium Trilogy. All be Justified!
I finally got round to watching this version after watching Split Unbreakable Glass a while ago, and I have to say this is definitely my favourite of the two. Maybe it's just because I like slower movies, but I felt the way UGS handled the mysteries in the story was much more satisfying than UGS.
Cutting Casey from the story entirely was a bold choice, and I do think the edit suffers for it at the end, but it still works as a complete story. I also really liked what was done with Elijah's mother at the end.
While I appreciate that the entire point of this version was to use footage cut from SUG, and I think the incorporation of deleted scenes was especially effective, I still think that at least having Casey as a side character was needed to elevate the edit from a 9 to a 10 narratively.
Overall, I still prefer the original Unbreakable to the version presented here, but I think that UGS is a better way to view the trilogy than the original movies, and I might even prefer it to the original Split despite the fact that the main character of that film is completely absent.
A very good edit, definitely recommend watching.