Split (2017 Psychological Thriller Film)
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  • Kevin (James McAvoy) suffers from an intensely abused past and his body begins to develop different personalities to cope up with his severe stress
  • These 23 personalities believe that they really exist
  • I can see the pain of Kevin's past overtaking his life and at the same time mesmerized by McAvoy's exceptional acting skills
  • One particular scene with Casey and Hedwig in a bedroom is legitimately funny and profoundly sad at the same time
  • But it does have some creepy feeling in them


by Laudemhir Jan Parel

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    The idea of watching a psychological film circling around different personalities inside a single person is potentially invigorating. After all the idea has never been done to death. That’s why I am earnestly hopeful that my first M. Night Shyamalan feature could fulfill the gap of films I missed in the years before.

    The poster says it all, and that includes remarkably telling you the whole film already.

  • Split (2017 Psychological Thriller Film)
  • Kevin (James McAvoy) suffers from an intensely abused past and his body begins to develop different personalities to cope up with his severe stress. These 23 personalities believe that they “really” exist: Dennis, very strong and masculine; Patricia, a lady; Hedwig, not Potter’s owl but a 9 year old boy with distinct accent and subtle mannerisms; and Barry, a gay expert in fashion design. These four characters continue to overlap Kevin’s true personality and begins to idealize the possibility of a 24th personality: the Beast which sucks the blood of the impure.

  • Split (2017 Psychological Thriller Film)
  • James McAvoy successfully portrays this array of characters to his undeniable strength. The changes from accents, mannerisms, movements, clothes, and voice are lively to watch. The changes are not even subtle, some are over-the-top but that’s the point, and McAvoy’s eerie and chilling portrayal captures the ominous ambiance of the film. The part where the camera captures the live switching of the personalities is startling and distressing to say the least. I can see the pain of Kevin’s past overtaking his life and at the same time mesmerized by McAvoy’s exceptional acting skills.

  • Split (2017 Psychological Thriller Film)
  • The three young ladies captured are held in a locked cellar whose location is unknown. This has been done excessively over the years. In the past two years alone I had seen some movies with similar plot elements: Room, Green Room, and 10 Cloverfield Lane. It is kind of a bit disappointing that this is more 10 Cloverfield Lane than Room. The story is singularly exciting in the first and second acts, but begins to falter in the beginning of its third act the same way 10 Cloverfield Lane did with its alien revelation. The third act peculiarly touches the excessively displeasing comic book territory that evidently changes the film’s genre from a superior psychological thriller to a lesser-rate supernatural sci-fi. The 2nd act promises a better conclusion had it focused on the dynamics between Dennis/Hedwig/Barry/Patricia and the young girl Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) with her distraught childhood memories.

  • Split (2017 Psychological Thriller Film)
  • Anya Taylor-Joy fronts McAvoy’s splendid performance. Her curious past begins to unfold in a timely manner which tells the audience why she became what she is - an outcast, a misfit, and a loner. But I’m not going to spoil the reveal for you. Contrary to her panicky abductees, she is observant and cautious and begins to understand Kevin’s different personas and ultimately uses her understanding to trick him for escape. One particular scene with Casey and Hedwig in a bedroom is legitimately funny and profoundly sad at the same time. Anya Taylor-Johnson was the best thing in the 2015 supernatural horror The VVitch, and she proves again with her immensely gratifying performance in Split that she is definitely a rising star to watch. Her eyes speak so much emotions all at the same time, and in the scenes where it is required for the audience to be frightened she does so without too much effort from her side. A true revealing talent that should be breaking out to be a huge star in the future.

  • Split (2017 Psychological Thriller Film)
  • I think my biggest criticism is that we are not shown all other personalities; and there is one point in the film that it becomes almost impossible to believe if Kevin really have 23 personalities residing in his body. Nevertheless, the different personalities shown has some distinct characteristics in them that identifying which one is which becomes manageable. 23 characters would have been too much to handle.

    I have some quibble with the film’s music too. The score overpowers some of the scenes. It makes you think something/someone deleterious is coming only to find out it is just part of the music. It’s very misleading. But it does have some creepy feeling in them.

    The cinematography is plainly good. It shows you what you really need to see without compromising smaller details that become important in the latter part of the film.

    Honestly speaking, I am a bit dissatisfied with this “return-to-form” for M. Night Shyamalan. It is very promising at first as it delves into the compelling nature of psychology sustained by the very impressive performances of James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy, until it detours into an inferior pile of supernatural chaos. As a stand-alone “original” film the poster tries to sell, there is arguably a lot of potentials unexplored in this movie.



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Ck Castro says :

re : Kevin (James McAvoy) suffers from an intensely abused past and his body begins to develop different personalities to cope up with his severe stress
Kevin was this innocent child who seeks for love and comfort that he couldn’t find from his mother who severely abuse him because of small mistakes. Kevin had been suffering that made him developed different identities which helped him to be comforted from his tragic past.

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Ck Castro says :

re : I can see the pain of Kevin’s past overtaking his life and at the same time mesmerized by McAvoy’s exceptional acting skills
Kevin was badly mentally injured with his past sufferings as a child who never know what love is. I never imagined McAvoy would be play this role but I was amazed in playing different types of role. So versatile McAvoy

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