'Glass': Is Elijah 'Mr. Glass' Price the evil genius of M. Night Shyamalan's 'Eastrail 177' trilogy?
He is breakable, vulnerable, and weak, but he has something that can rule the world — his ability to give the most convincing speeches
M. Night Shyamalan's final installment in his 'Eastrail 177' trilogy has come at a time when the concepts of anti-heroes and antagonists are pretty much the trend that the audience is looking out for. 'Glass', which follows the former two movies in the 'Eastrail 177' series — 'Unbreakable' (2000) and 'Split' (2016) — will see Shyamalan's three most celebrated and complicated characters, David Dunn (played by Bruce Willis), Kevin Wendell Crumb also known as the Horde (James Mc Avoy), and Elijah 'Mr. Glass' Price (Samual L. Jackson), come together for the final showdown between humans and the delusional victims of superpowers.
Considering the plotline that the director has been drawing since the last 20 years, it can be expected to be more than a simple story about a superhero.
'Glass' will chiefly focus on the key features which can easily turn a person into a hated villain, and Jackson's character lies in the heart of this breakdown of what makes a good human being and what compels one to do bad things. When we first met Elijah Price in Shyamalan's 2000 movie, 'Unbreakable', which was also the very first installment in the 'Eastrail 177' trilogy, he was yet to be the Mr. Glass who holds the central position in the upcoming movie, which is set to release on January 19, 2019.
Price was born with Type I osteogenesis imperfecta, a rare disease that renders sufferers' bones extremely fragile and prone to fracture, and that became the driving force behind him persuading Dunn to embrace his powers as a superhero.
During the course of the movie, we saw Price grow from a potentially weak child to a highly manipulative comic book artist who considers that art should be categorized according to the age of its audience. As much as he was obsessed with the whole idea of a superhero universe (seems like a direct reflection of the director's craze with maintaining the three-part story structure of the comic book tradition), not for once did Price consider his obsession to be childish.
In fact, Price was always convinced that there are some human beings who have managed to evolve way ahead of their times, and those people deserved a special place in this world.
It can be said that Price's urgency to overcome his bodily weakness through other people's strength in a way marks his greatest weakness. Price, unlike his former apprentice David Dunn, is breakable, such that even if he is touched with the lightest weight, there are chances that his bones will completely shatter. Adding to that, his profession is often considered to be child's play by many people. We did get a glimpse of that in 'Unbreakable' when Price was completely baffled when comic art was treated like a child's source of entertainment.
Price has always been well-aware that his physical weakness can result in his untimely death, and since the beginning, he managed to chalk out just the perfect plan to form his own team of superhumans (or supervillains?).
It was easy to empathize with Price and all his clamor that could be taken seriously until it was revealed that he was the mastermind behind the horrific crash of Eastrail 177. The incident revolving the train not only established Price's true place as Mr. Glass in the trilogy, but also gave us two characters — one who has a mind of his own, and the other who is confused among the 24 minds that he holds.
It was Price who spearheaded the train crash, and that gave rise to the two characters who are often known to be the heroes in Shyamalan's super-hero universe but being the director of psychological horrors, Shyamalan did not want to give us white-collared superheroes.
Price was successful in finding the unbreakable Dunn, the only survivor of the train crash and on the other hand, he involuntarily triggered the suppressed aggression of Kevin who embodies 24 personalities when his father gets killed in the train crash. Considering that Price instigated the whole trauma for both Dunn and Kevin, it can be assumed that in 'Glass', he will be the mastermind behind making a villain out of either of them.
All the clips released by the movie have indicated towards Price as the master stimulator of all villains. They have clearly pointed out that, while posing as Mr. Glass, Price tries to team up with both Dunn and Kevin, who respond in very distinct ways to his temptations.
Price, who himself has no special ability, manages to tempt the other two to hold on to their powers in order to show humanity how evolved they can be, and it is his immensely articulated vocabulary which can be defined as Price's superhuman powers. Price is a master orator, he says things that people want to hear without selling himself off.
He does not shy away from using his words in convincing Kevin that his disease is actually a blessing, but he might fail to do so with Dunn. While Kevin himself is unable to make any decision as there are practically 24 voices speaking inside his head, Dunn has projected himself as a man who will not bend to Price's urges to harm humans.
It can be assumed that Price will finally team up with Kevin, and the ultimate showdown will take place between Kevin and Dunn. This is exactly where Price's evil genius lies. He is not Lex Luthor or Joker who get their own hands dirty to bring down the hero. Instead, he is a man with a mic who drives others to do his job. Now, that's just downright evil!
'Glass' opens in theatres on January 19, 2019, and we can be sure that it will be like no other superhero movies.