This being Shyamalan's work, there are twists but they're not on the Sixth Sense level. The Upside falls loosely into the "mismatched buddy film" genre in which two people with radically different personalities are thrown together by circumstances and, after a period of tension and disagreement, form a bond. The credits might as well have closed with the following caption: Had it been presented as a straightforward neo-noir movie, I'm not sure Serenity would have worked. Now that Michael Bay is finished although he's still listed as a producerit's time for a new vision, a new storytelling voice, and a new hand at the helm. The bit with the catheter is an example. The multi-personality Kevin Crumb, now dominated by the superhuman Beast, is once again kidnapping girls.
The trappings of modern life are absent:
Is it to provide a more comprehensive biography of the man's life, which included decades of civil service with a successful stint in the private sector sandwiched in between? Merlin makes it clear to Alex that, as the true descendant of Arthur, the task rests on his shoulders to face the coming darkness. Shyamalan might as well have put a neon sign over them all saying: This being a Transformers movie, however, a certain level of fighting and mayhem is expected and, although Knight scales down the scope, he understands the need for some kick-ass robot-on-robot violence. The bullies become friends with their victims - something I have never seen happen in real-life when those victims often have to spend years in therapy. They'll Eventually Be Important.