Movie Review Flashback: The ‘Eastrail 177’ Trilogy Is One of the Underrated Best Comic Book Trilogies of All Time

It wasn’t until about a couple of weeks ago that I watched Split for the first time. I had seen the commercials, my mother watched it and said that it was surprisingly good, and when my sister and I finally saw it to say we were horrified is an understatement.

Split, which follows the story of three teenage girls abducted by a man who has twenty-three personalities, is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever seen. The film doesn’t mess around with boring details or a storyline that chooses to take its own time before getting to the nitty-gritty. No, this movie keeps you on your toes from the very beginning and doesn’t let up the gas until by the conclusion you are staring at the screen in sheer horror.

After Split, we had to see where the story was going to go in last year’s finale of the trilogy, Glass. Unsurprisingly, Glass was just as riveting, in an albeit quieter fashion. We get to see M. Night Shyamalan’s (the writer/director of the trilogy) main characters–David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), and Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy)–come together in the trilogy finale in a story that leads to the very unexpected.

The ending is a bit controversial among fans of the trilogy who were expecting the norm but honestly, I think this trilogy created by M. Night Shyamalan is a work of art.

After Glass, we had to go to the beginning of the story with 2000’s Unbreakable which is very slow in comparison to Split and Glass but once you reach those last twenty minutes the whole story seems to fall into place.

If you’ve never heard of this trilogy I wouldn’t be surprised. This story is a comic book movie trilogy featuring heroes and villains with extraordinary talents but it’s no Marvel or DC Comics film. It is a story that takes the comic book movie genre and decides to tell its own riveting story that is brilliantly told over the course of nineteen years.

If you’ve never seen these films I’d implore you to watch them, specifically Split which takes the idea of a horror/thriller to the next level. This is the fine example that comic book movies don’t always have to follow the same trend or be told under the same lens. We need more people like Shyamalan to tell these types of stories because when other people are allowed to share their take on a specific genre it can become a beautiful thing.

You have incredible comic book trilogies like The Dark Knight Trilogy and the Captain America Trilogy but I am very proud to highlight the Eastrail 177 Trilogy as one of the all-time best trilogies that I’ve seen.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

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