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Split Non – Spoiler Review

Released: January 20, 2017
Running Time: 1 hour 57 minutes

“Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him — as well as everyone around him — as the walls between his compartments shatter.”

Crew and Cast

This movie was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who arrived in the spotlight for directing when he made the Sixth Sense in 1999, since then he has had his fair share of hit and misses, with most recently a lot of misses with After Earth and one of the worse adaptation from a source material – The Last Airbender.

Most of the cast for this movie did a marvellous job, and the others did a good enough job not to detract from the film. The cast features James McAvoy as Kevin, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Betty Buckley as Dr. Karen Fletcher, Haley Lu Richardson as Claire Benoit, Jessica Sula as Marcia, Brad William Henke as Uncle John, Izzie Coffey as Young Casey, Sebastian Arcelus as Casey’s father, and Neal Huff as Mr. Benoit.

The Good

The level of acting that McAvoy accomplishes in this film is phenomenal. He switches between the characters so seamlessly that it leaves you wanting more, and seeing more from him as an actor. He truly elevates him ‘game’ in this one. Taylor – Joy did a great job as the protagonist, showing the calmness and depth that was surprising for her character.

The premise of the story was brilliant and something that isn’t shown that often in movies, and I was really interested in the possibilities that this movie provides.

I feel like the music and cinematography was okay in this movie. It didn’t take away anything, but I also believe that nothing was added because of it. It was just there.

The backstory for Casey was rough to watch, and also explained the type of person that she is. I enjoyed that they took the time to explain it, while not really enjoying watching it.

The ending of Split was great, and sets up a universe with a beloved character. When I saw the ending for the first time, I kept telling my girlfriend what was going on. It was as unexpected as Nick Fury showing up at the end of the first Iron Man movie.

The Not So Good

McAvoy’s character has 23 different personalities as he is afflicted with dissociative identity disorder; The problem I have with that number is that we only see 7 or 8 on screen, with 4 of them featuring more prevalently (the others are seen on a laptop). I found that the weakness was really lame when you compare it to the quality of the rest of the film.

Final Thoughts and Score

Overall, I did enjoy this movie more than I thought I would. I think that the story had potential, and while they didn’t hit a homerun with this film, the ending of this film sets up an interesting crossover that could be interesting. In the end, I would give this film a score of 7/10.

This movie is supposed to set up a larger ‘universe’, and the next movie in the series will be called ‘Glass’ which is set to be released in January 2019. It will feature the characters from Unbreakable and this film.

What did you think of the movie? Movies are very subjective, and some people will disagree with me. I would love to hear those opinion either way.

What would you have graded it? What was your favourite part of the movie? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!!

What movie should I review next?

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review, I hope you enjoyed the movie!

Alex

 

 

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