"A 'double feature' or 'double bill' is a classic cinema format where theaters would run two films back-to-back. Sometimes, these films would be related and sometimes they would be polar opposites... but still somehow a perfect match! Your mission is to tell us which two movies shouldn't go together in theory, but actually make a perfect double feature (Moviepilot.com)."
Let's say you have two friends over for a movie night. One of these buddies loves movies with superheroes in them. The other hates superhero movies, just wants an action flick. Well, consider the friendships saved, because I have just the movies! Everybody is happy! We know have:
The Superhero movie that really isn't a superhero movie! There is no Captain America or Superman to save the day for truth and justice and righteousness. Ordinarily people with extraordinary powers. Some you would consider outright villains, others could be considered heroes.
This is a great "found-footage" movie about three friends who mysteriously gain telekinetic powers. It was described as X-Men First Class meets Cloverfield. As they develop their powers, their friendship grows deeper and their abilities get more powerful. They can fly. They can move stuff with their minds. Unfortunately, one of these boys is Andrew, a angry and abused teen who finally has enough of life (and his father) beating him down and uses his new powers to get revenge. He just becomes angrier and angrier, until he (spoilers) accidentally kills one of his friends and the other (his cousin) has to stop him.
One of the movie taglines is "Not all Heroes are Super." You really start to empathize with these guys, you become invested in the movie. I remember thinking at the theater during a particular scene: "Whoa, was that Matt, I hope he's okay..."
M. Night Shyamalan's foray into the superhero genre. I remember thinking (at the time) that this was the best non-superhero superhero movie I've ever seen. There's this guy, nicknamed "Mr. Glass" because his bones are so brittle they break, played by Samuel L. Jackson. He's obsessed with real-life superheroes. There must somebody who's the polar opposite of him--somebody completely unbreakable. Well, that's Bruce Willis. David, a security guard with a family--who after surviving a train crash can bench press a huge amount of weight and can somehow see into the thoughts of bad guys.
Mr. Glass becomes his mentor to his new powers and how to become a superhero. David has only one weakness, water--just like a comic book superhero. David goes after a big, strong bad guy and comes out the hero. And (spoilers) it is revealed that Mr. Glass is THE bad guy. Just like the Joker is the opposite of Batman, Glass is the opposite of David. Shymalan has always teased a sequel, but there's nothing yet...
Well, there you have it. My late-night double feature picture show. Two superhero movies that aren't exactly superhero movies.
What do you think?