Tuesday 31 January 2017

Film Review: Split

26 January 2017
117 mins
M. Night Shyamalan (Director)
James McAvoy, Betty Buckley, Anya Taylor-Joy

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th. (IMDB Synopsis)

Split was a film I attended expecting one thing but finding something else. M. Night Shyamalan is known for the twists at the end of his movies; however, if you watch Split anticipating the same, you'll be disappointed. At least for a moment. It's true that nothing happens in this film that you cannot anticipate from the trailer, but I believe that's a good thing. Those other films all lost their impact for me after the first viewing, because once the twist came out, you couldn't then forget about it on subsequent viewings. Split, on the other hand, will stand up well to repeat watches, most notably for James McAvoy's outstanding performance in his role(s). His acting is so sublime that once you've been introduced to each of his identities, you can tell who he is in each moment from a glance at his body language and expression, even without a change of clothes or any dialogue. I only jumped once, so this is not a scary film per se, nor is it excessively gory, but it is a fascinating psychological study. Overall, I found it enjoyable and it's a film I would happily watch again.

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