Split (2016) – Encore Review


“You like to make fun of us, but we are more powerful than you think.” – Dennis

Number of Times Seen – Twice (14 May 2017 and 15 Apr 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A man with 23 multiple personalities abducts three teenage girls as he waits for his 24th and final personality to emerge.

My Take on it – It’s been a long time since M. Night made a really good movie and before this film came out two years ago, it was long suspected that his days of being a wunderkind writer and director who could entertain so well seemed like something more than a decade in the past.

This story is planned out to perfection and it works so well from start to finish.

This is largely due to the amazing performance by James McAvoy who is able to show how great an actor he can be with this lead role.

He gets to show us the range that he possesses as an actor here because he has the opportunity to play multiple personalities that keep switching within seconds and this al happens in a seamless fashion.

M. Night Shyalaman once again is able to show the plausible possibility of how we can have real superheroes AND super-villains in the world we live in.

He utilizes simple ways to explain these possibilities to us largely through client-patient conversions which reveal so much.

The story arc is created very well as it slowly manages to raise the stakes and the level of suspense as things move along to a breakneck culmination during the climax of it all.

They are able to give us a clear idea of what kind of character we are dealing with especially when he has debates between the various personalities as they each try to take control of everything he does.

Bottom Line – Amazingly planned out story that works so well largely due to the superb performance of McAvoy. His acting ability and range is so fun to watch especially when he seamlessly jumps among the various personalities within seconds. M. Night once again is able to show that superheroes AND super villains can plausibly exist in our world and he is able to explain things in a relatively simple way via the various patient-therapist conversations throughout the story.  The story arc is set up very well in order to slowly raise the stakes and level of suspense as things move along until they reach breakneck speed during the climax. We get a clear idea of what kind of character we are dealing with most especially when we get to see the debates he has among the various personalities along the way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan cast James McAvoy after a chance meeting with him at a “Comic-Con” convention where McAvoy had recently completed X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and his hair was still little more than scalp stubble. During the course of the conversation with the soft-spoken man, Shyamalan began to realize that he’d found his leading man, and he would be bald, have no makeup, and look just like McAvoy. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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