Another movie by M. Night Shyamalan! This made me super excited on the one hand and a little skeptical on the other. Because while he directed some awesome movies like The 6th Sense, Unbreakable (must-watch!), Signs and The Village, he also directed some not so great movies like The Happening, The Visit and The Last Airbender (oh man…). Will Split be the movie he redeems himself with?
The premise sounds very promising, at least. Split is about three girls who get kidnapped by Kevin: a man who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), also known as split personality disorder (hence the titel). Kevin has a total of 23 distinct personalities residing in his body and as if that isn’t scary enough, there seems to be a very dangerous 24th on the verge of emerging as well. The girls need to escape their captors before this 24th personality arises.
So first thoughts: that’s a cool twist to the oversaturated subgenre of kidnapping movies! And also: that’s a LOT of personalities for one actor to play! But James McAvoy is a very talented actor and if there is an actor that could portrail several distinct personalities in one film it must be McAvoy. And Anya Taylor-Joy already proved to me in The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (*singsongs* “Black Phillip, Black Phillip, A crown grows out his head!”) that she is a very talented young actress that can hold her own in dark and moody films, so I say bring it! I went to the cinema with my boyfriend and around 10 of our friends feeling pretty optimistic. The Korean BBQ we had for dinner probably also contributed to that ;p
Rejoice! M. Night Shyamalan is back! The dark atmosphere and the solid acting make Split one thrilling ride you absolutely have to get on. James McAvoy did an amazing job in both creeping me out and making me feel for some of the personalities in Kevin. His portrayal of the many different personalities is spectacular and there are scenes where he actually plays several of the personalities at the same time and it is SO convincing.
Anya Taylor-Joy once again blew me away as Casey. Where some kidnapping themed movies fail to make their characters three-dimensional, she brought it across so well that Casey is not just some sullen girl who was kidnapped, but is also a girl who went (and still goes) through hell in her personal life.
Betty Buckley also deserves an honorable mention as she did a great job as the caring and motherly Dr. Fletcher.
And that ending was everything! Two awesome things about it: 1) it leaves room a sequel without that that-would-be-milking-it feeling and 2) there was an Unbreakable reference! A cross-over with Unbreakable, how cool is that?!
This reference in combination with the open ending makes me think (read: hope!) that there might be a Split 2 some day (Split 2 Much? You can have that one for free Shyamalan ;p) that will also be a sequel to Unbreakable.
M. Night Shyamalan said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he wanted to bring the movies together and had been keeping this ending secret for FIFTEEN years (!!!). In answer to the question whether Split was the very much anticipated sequel to Unbreakable or if there is still one to come, he said:
“This is down the line, but my hope is to make one final movie that combines the two”
That would be AMAZING! M. Night Shyamalan, this really needs to happen! If you need money, I will start a crowdfunding campaign. I will go door to door for funding if I have to. Please make this happen c’:
My Rating: 7.8 – Rejoice and get on this thrilling ride!
Have you seen Split yet? If you did, did you catch onto the Unbreakable reference? Let me know in the comments! C: (comments)
Disclaimer: I’m aware that Split plays into the Hollywood version of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and that it doesn’t give an accurate depiction of DID. I am however not taking this fact into account in my review. Not for lack of respect to mental illness patients (I have social anxiety disorder myself) or understanding, but purely because Split is a fictional story and honestly, if we could all be less triggered about everything in 2017 the world would be a more positive place!