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Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has revealed 23 personalities to his psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
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The audience is kept wondering what is reality, as Kevin (or Dennis, Patricia, the kid, the beast, etc) struggles to keep himself contained while visiting an elderly female psychologist, with Kevin having to decide which identity is allowed into the light of consciousness. When one personality is awakened, the others are remembered, but not around till this one leaves the light.
Tension builds as the womens' windows of opportunity are thwarted by Kevin on each daring but foolish attempt. The conclusion is satisfying, and the lead female has to deal with not only horrors from her past, but also this presumed, psychotic maniac intent on harming the innocent and with secret powers propelled by the belief of his mind.
The conclusion definitely leaves things open for more... After enjoying The Visit's unique but twisted horror, along with Wayward Pines, I'm interested in seeing more from M Night's mostly inventive storytelling.
The most wonderfully named director working today, M. Night Shyamalan, seems to have gotten his groove back with his latest and very engrossing movie, Split. The split in Split involves a person with a split personality, or as we call it these days a person suffering from dissociative identity disorder. As I get it, this mental disorder happens sometimes if a child is abused so badly that he flees inside his own head and creates an alter ego to deal with the situation. Or in this case over 20 alteregos. We in the seats have watched this sort of thing with fascination at least since the Joanne Woodward 1957 classic The Three Faces of Eve.
But it is creepy as all get out, so be ready for that. In the standard slasher film some youngsters get trapped in a motel or cabin or something and get chased around by some maniac with a big knife. In Split something similar happens but with the addition that we get to know the maniac very well, in fact we get to know the maniac in many of his hidden personalities. And that is what makes the film.
James McAvoy (now playing Professor X in the X-Men series) has the role of a lifetime as the deranged killer. He changes from a 9 year old boy to a prim woman to a cunning murderer at the turn of a switch. It is wonderful acting and really creepy to watch. In the story one of the personalities kidnaps three teen age girls. We watch the girls as they try to escape and as they gradually discover just what they are dealing with. Phoenix girl Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula from Wales and Anya Taylor-Joy of Miami play the frightened teens.
Betty Buckley and Brad William Henke, both very experienced character actors, provide the supporting cast.
Watch for a cameo from M. Night Shyamalan.
Shyamalan also wrote the script and plunked down his own money as a producer. He wanted to have total artistic control of the film. He made something so compelling (if skin crawling) that we can't turn away from the screen. And after a long spell of not so well received films he succeeds with this one, good for him.
This not for everyone three saw blade psycho-horror film has a relatively mild PG-13 rating. The girls stay dressed and the most horrible stuff is shown only in very fast flashes. This is not a gore fest but a tension twister of high intensity. It runs for one hour and 57 minutes. On a tiny budget of $10 million it has harvested good words from the critics and the people have lavished $49 million on the box office to see it. Shyamalan is vindicated as an artist and enriched as a producer. Happy days for him.
Do not be confused (as I was) by the cameo by Bruce Willis at the very end. It is simply a tip of the hat to a previous role he played in another Shyamalan film.
Split achieves all of this. I personally expected a fun twisted horror movie but I ended up surprised once I left the theater. I left feeling empty, shocked and really amazed.
"Split" is one of these movies that even with the trailer showing a lot of important parts, that does not take away the amazing experience of this movie.
Apart from effective scares and a creepy dark vibe, Split provides a story that feels fresh and unpredictable, keeping you at the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.
James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy deliver exceptional performances on every scene. The chemistry between these two actors is seen from the very first scene.
Split really proves that a horror movie can be more than just blood or scares if you put together a great cast, a strong story and great direction.
Please watch this movie on theaters while you can and I bet you'll come back to Amazon to pre-order the Blu-Ray! I already did.
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