Split :- Watch Split on Youtube on Fire, Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. M. Night Shyamalan hit the big time with “The Sixth Sense” in 1999. His follow up films have been not just disappoints but truly some of the worse films I had to sit through. “Unbreakable” was just stupid and so was “Signs” and “The Village”. I did not even bother to watch “The Lady in the Water” and other celluloid manure he created. SO last night against my better judgment I saw “Split” which was just an exercise in patience. M. Night Shyamalan proves he likes to not only bore his audience but he also loves steel money from studios that still will back his films. In this film M. Night Shyamalan had an interesting gem of an idea about a crazy man who kidnaps 3 girls. The Three teenagers, Claire, Marcia, and outsider Casey, are kidnapped and held captive by “Dennis”, one of 23 personalities present in the mind of Kevin Wendell Crumb, a victim of childhood abuse diagnosed with identity disorder. The film however fails to engage the audience. A few scenes work but they are out numbered by the scenes that don’t. The film of course has a “Minor” twist at the end but its more like a winks to the audience for fans of one of the directors other films. A much better film that dealt with split personalities is “Raising Cain” and “Sisters”. It least those films were done by craftsmen that knew how to engage an audience. A welcome return to form for the director and James McEvoy gives one of his finest performances. I am not sure how many actors could achieve what he has executed so well here and one wonders if the film could have worked at the highest level without him. In between some of his bigger studio choices he has chosen challenging or interesting roles no matter how the films turn out and his range and talent always keep surprising but he takes it to another level here. I won’t reveal too much about the film as others will do that, except to say it was a great film to watch in the theater, full of suspense and in some ways quite touching and meaningful, even if you do or don’t like the final twists you’ll be drawn in to this story and on the edge of your seat in more of a suspense mode. I wasn’t sure if the film would go beyond a typical kidnapping film in the first five minutes but I can assure you its completely different to any expectations you’ll have despite the director putting some of his more traditional touches on the film towards the end of it which really work in this case. I’ve always liked his earlier films as they often look at human conditions or flaws with imagination and some of his films have fallen short but he sounds like he’s become more open minded and enjoying his work returning to form so well here and all I can say is well done, he has great attention to detail and gives his all.
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Release: 20 January 2017 (USA)
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson