With M. Night Shyamalan’s notorious reputation for producing shocking, twisted cinema, it’s to be expected that Split fits in with his twisted and cruel world.
The film follows a 3 young girls who are kidnapped and held captive by a man, named Kevin, who suffers from a rare personality disorder. One of his personalities has just abducted 3 girls, locking them up and keeping them captive. Kevin also visits his therapist regularly through-out the film, an elderly woman who believes that people who suffer from Kevin’s disorder possess the ability to change their body chemistry. Which presents the question of Kevin’s abilities and why he’s keeping the girls. Kevin constantly changes from one personality to another, each as real as the next, making the film intense and overall enjoyable.
The film is essentially about mental health and the power of the human mind, helping to create the tense and thrilling atmosphere it presents. Yet, it is obvious that Shyamalan has dramatized the mental health issues represented in Split.
James McAvoy, staring as Kevin, a man with 23 different personalities, delivers a truly brilliant performance. Weaving in and out of multiple personalities, it’s safe to say that McAvoy certainly stops this film from disappointing.
Split falls short at some parts, not completely delivering on Shyamalan’s classic, shocking storytelling, with certain scenes just seemingly odd. However, does the job of keeping you guessing and keeping you on edge.
Of course the greatest question everyone has about Split is the twist. Shyamalan doesn’t exactly shock or reveal a big twist this time as Split is more of a well-paced, narrative driven thriller. With plenty of twists and turns placed throughout the film. Still, he doesn’t disappoint in creating a creepy and thrilling story, even hinting at it being connected to his other films.
Overall, Split is certainly one of Shyamalan’s better films of the past few years and delivers a satisfying end to the twisted and simplistic story. The film leaves you with a lot of questions and a lot to think about, making it definitely worth the watch, just falling short of that mind blowing moment it hints at.