|Directed by||M. Night Shyamalan|
|Starring||James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley|
|Released on||September 26, 2016(Fantastic Fest), January 20, 2017 (United States)|
Split is definitely by far one of the best thriller/fiction films on the gigantic streaming platform that is Netflix at the moment. We always knew Shyamalan was a genius, but this was so completely brilliant, even for him.
Now I personally don’t know much about the split personality disorder, so I’m going to write Split from a more film lovers’ point of view than anything else. So, what happens in the movie? Well, we have our main lead Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy). She’s quiet and reserved most of the time. Through a series of terrifying flashbacks, we find out why she is the way she is.
After a classmate’s part to which she was invited out of pity, she’s left without a ride home. So, someone’s dad decides to help her out with a lift home. Casey and the other two giggle girls (Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson) make their way to the car. While their waiting for the dad to get into though, we see some strange events happening and then the man who slips into the car isn’t the nice dad anymore. He sprays chloroform at the three girls and takes them away.
When they do wake up, the realize their being held in some sort of basement by the creepy guy who slipped into their car. Said guy walks in – and he could be Dennis or Patricia or Hedwig or Barry or some other personality. But his real name is Kevin. Kevin has dis-associative identity disorder. Its so powerful that each persona alters his body chemistry and anatomy. James McAvoy does one of the best acting of his career in this one. Him playing 23 personalities and an emerging 24th one is mind blowing.
The Split is insanely good from start to finish. We have roughly three plotlines, each progressing quickly with us trying to keep track of them all. The three girls trying to escape their kidnapper, Casey’s horrific past and her struggle to stay in the present, and Kevin’s therapy sessions with Dr. Fletcher.
The sessions with Dr. Fletcher are perhaps some of the most interesting parts of the Split. She however, realizes to little too late – that her patient is about to hit a major breakdown, one from which he may never return.
Split is one to watch for anyone. Its gripping and truly brilliant!
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