Cert: 15 Runtime: 117 mins Director: M. Night Shyamalan Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson and Betty Buckley
The broken are the more evolved
M. Night Shyamalan a man who had the world in his hand at one point. Then he made terrible movies like The Happening, After Earth and The Last Air-bender. Allegedly it’s Shyamalan’s return to Valhalla with Split or is it? With a killer cliffhanger allegedly surely he is back in business? So what is Split about?Schoolgirls Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) are kidnapped by a stalker named Kevin (James McAvoy). They awake to find themselves locked in an underground cell at the mercy of their sinister captor. During visits to his shrink (Betty Buckley), it becomes clear that Kevin is no ordinary sociopath but suffers from dissociative identity disorder. This manifests itself in the form of 23 distinct personalities, from a mischievous nine-year-old boy to a flamboyant fashion designer. But there’s also a 24th personality battling for control. Ominously, he refers to this as ‘the beast’!
While Shyamalan has always been known for his twists at the end of his movies, his overall writing ability has been lacking. Where he really excels is in creating worlds that exist in the same one we live in, but adding an element that changes the whole story. James McAvoy takes his role in Split a little over the top, its almost what the character needs, Kevin does not have a run of the mill case of split personality disorder, he has 23 unique personalities who seem to be completely separate people, to the point that one of them can have diabetes while the other 22 do not. McAvoy is nothing but phenomenal!I felt very Split while watching it. On one hand there were some lines of dialogue that I could not believe made it past the first draft of the script, let alone into the final cut, but on the other Split kept my attention for most of the 117 minute run time. If you don’t understand the ending that is fine, just do a quick internet search and the results should solve at least some of the confusion. Split is an entertaining movie, that was marketed more as a horror movie than a thriller, but if you keep an open mind and allow Split to be entertaining you should have a fun time at the movies.