Split (2016)

“I’ve never seen a case like this before. Twenty three identities live in Kevin’s body. ” – Dr. Fletcher

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Three teenagers are abducted by a man who seems to have 23 different personalities.

My Take on it – I was a HUGE fan of M. Night Shyamalan after his first two films blew me away [The Sixth Sense (1999) and Unbreakable (2000)].

Unfortunately, every other film that he has written or directed since has been lackluster, weird or just plain silly.

I am so happy that his creativity has once again re-awoken from its slumber and has gotten back on track with this film.

This is a film that really works on numerous levels because it’s not your normal psychological thriller.

They are able to give us a broader focus on the lives of numerous characters (two in articular) that gives us even more insight into who they are.

The fact that this story doesn’t end with this film is also quite exciting because it is extremely intriguing to try and see where M. Night plans to take this idea further in the near future with his upcoming announced sequel to the events portrayed here.

Let’s all hope that his creative ideas will still flow in the right direction with the continuation of this story.

James McAvoy is superb here in the main role and his ability to harness all of those character personalities over the course of the film is amazing to watch.  There really aren’t many actors or actresses these days who could pull it off as well as he did.

Despite being relatively unknown, Anya Taylor-Joy does such a wonderful job in her role opposite such a powerful performance by McAvoy. I can’t wait to see what she does in the future with her talent.

Bottom Line – M. Night has been asleep for 16 years and thankfully got back on track with this film.  The film works on so many levels and you get a great psychological thriller that is able to give a broad focus of numerous characters lives in order to tell us so much about all of them. Once again, I’m looking forward to what he has in store for us after his long slumber. McAvoy is superb here and despite being relatively unknown Taylor-Joy is great here in this role. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – James McAvoy broke his hand while filming on location in Philadelphia. He continued to perform his role for days before letting on that he was injured and finally sought attention at a local UrgentCare. As a result he was forced to work with an injury on the set of Atomic Blonde (2017) as well. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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7 thoughts on “Split (2016)

  1. Agree with you that M. Night is back with SPLIT. Maybe not quite all the way back to the glory days of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable – and I’d squeeze in SIGNS between those two as well – but a major improvement over the crappola he’s been cranking out for a while. I agree also that McAvoy gives an Oscar worthy performance(s) here. He was quite spectacular in his role(s). Apparently, that “twist” at the end (which IMO is much less of a twist than he’s known for – and even less so if you haven’t seen a particular movie of his…) will lead to another film – which is a sort of hybrid sequel to 2 of his earlier movies. For once, I can genuinely say that I’m looking forward to it.

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      • I made that assumption when you skipped from Sixth Sense to Unbreakable. For me – SIGNS worked. Like how everything was set up with the brother and baseball and the daughter with her half drunk glasses of water all over the house etc. Thought Gibson was very good. Suspenseful with a satisfying payoff. In Unbreakable – with some terrific sequences (following the guy at the stadium, the fight in the house and falling onto the collapsing pool cover etc.) – but Willis’ character was depressed and morose (for good reason) and the ending was kind of a downer.

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