When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 different (split) personalities they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them.
‘Split’ tells the story of ‘Kevin’ (James McAvoy). a 30-something man who lives a lonely life but is never alone. Kevin suffers from a disorder called DID Dissociative identity disorder.
In Kevin’s mind there is a light and whichever personality has the light is the one that is shown to the world. One of those who holds the light the most is ‘Dennis’.
The film follows the three girls attempts to escape from the room which ‘Dennis’ is keeping them in. They have to negotiate and deal with other personalities such as ‘Patricia’ and ‘Hedwig’.
The way the film is played out makes a possibly complex story easy to understand and stick with. McAvoy is brilliant in this movie and does a great job dealing with the very different personalities he has to portray ranging from ‘Hedwig’ (A 9-year old boy), Barry (A fashionista who we see mostly when interacting with Kevin’s psychologist) and ‘Patricia’, the mother figure of the personalities.
The acting is good but isn’t groundbreaking. The three teenage girls are played by three teenage girls and the elderly Dr. Fletcher (psychologist/friend of Kevin) is well-played by Betty Buckley but the star of the show is McAvoy and I think he is unlucky if he doesn’t feature on any future lists of award winners.
The direction of the movie is great, from the scene showing the three girls in their room showing the clear divide with two sat one side and the other sat opposite them to the view of the stairwell in the psychologists home, M. Night Shyamalan doesn’t disappoint.
Although the ending disappointing me a little because it had been built up by others that had seen it already, the ending was satisfactory and left it clear we may see some of these characters again along with some we haven’t seen for a while. (Keep your eyes open at the end)
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