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Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

thumbnail_24715Split is about a person affected with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) who holds captive of three teenagers at an undisclosed location. With this film and his earlier outing The Visit(2015), Night Shyamalan is back doing what he’s comfortable at. It’s his second consecutive directorial venture with Universal Pictures on a very low budget and he seems to have made the best use of it.The economical usage of the central character shows his expertise in writing and also helps McAvoy to portray different characters in a single role. It’s entirely a McAvoy show with Taylor-Joy(Casey) playing one of the three teenagers and she has a dark past which flashes every now and then. True to the film’s title McAvoy has split personalities of 23 different characters. Not every character is shown but some of it are prominent like Dennis, Barry, and Hedwig. Dennis is the most organised of them all and he’s the one who appears when things go out of control. Barry is the one who steps out often, he also visits a shrink played by Betty Buckley and apparently she’s the only person to know about Kevin Wendell Crumb(Yeah, that’s his actual name) in its entirety. The most adorable of them all is Hedwig who’s a nine year old and he’s is close to Casey. All these characters believe that there’s a 24th one called ‘The Beast’ who’s the strongest of them all. However with all such interesting characters Split still feels incomplete and sketchy here and there. It’s certainly a better film from Shyamalan but compared to a film like Room(2015), which had a lot to offer also happens within a confined space. Split would’ve turned out to be an even better film had Shymalan had a clear vison. Like all his films this one too ends on a high note and it will make you forget of the inconsistencies in it. You’ll get to know what I’m speaking about if you’ve watched Unbreakable(2000) and know who David Dunn is.