Split – 4.9/5

Credits:

  • Rating – PG -13

  • Genre – Horror, Thriller

  • Director – M. Night Shyamalan

  • Screenplay – M. Night Shyamalan

  • Cast – James McAvoy / Anya Taylor-Joy / Betty Buckley / Haley Lu Richardson / Jessica Sula

  • Distributer – Universal Pictures

  • Release date – January 20th, 2017

Overall Impression: 

This was an absolutely amazing film! Shyamalan’s last few movies were not well received at all, but what a come back. Shyamalan was able to capture the complexity of 26 characters using only 2 – 3 actors for the majority of the film, proving that both the acting and the directing were executed wonderfully. Even after it finished, I was still sitting there revelling in the intensity of what was a fairly simple storyline. Venturing into the convoluted psyche of Crumb (McAvoy) and his alter selves kept the plot moving seamlessly and me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire movie.

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Synopsis:

This psychological thriller follows the events that take place after a mysterious man (McAvoy) abducts three teenage girls. As the story continues it becomes clear that the man has a diagnosed personality disorder known as dissociative identity disorder (DID). He, along with his 23 other personalities, and the 3 girls embark upon a dark and twisted journey that seemingly has only one outcome…

Positives:

  • The acting that James McAvoy displays in this film is astounding. To play 24 people as one person, speaks to the depth of range that McAvoy is able to attain. He captures the physical details and little mannerisms that distinguish each personality from the next so well.

  • The use of space piqued my interest. The majority of the movie is filmed either in the basement, where he kept the girls, or in Dr. Fletcher’s (Buckley) office. Limiting the locations to those two places allowed for very eerie and powerful emotions to arise as the story unfolded.

  • The story was well written. This script was definitely one of Shyamalan’s best. The pacing was perfect, the dialogue was phenomenal and the concept was extremely thought provoking.

 Negatives:

  • We come to understand that the main character has 24 different personalities but we only see around maybe 8, and some only for a few seconds. It would have been nice to see more of different personalities throughout the story.
  • Now, while I did say the script was great, one issue that I take with it is the unnecessary exposition. I understand the hard task of story setup but, in my opinion, I feel that Shyamalan could have come up with a more creative way to do it. Using a random neighbour to help explain or imply the nature of Dr. Fletcher’s relationships with her patients seemed to scream, “LAME”. I just feel it was a bit unnecessary.

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