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- Director: M. Night Shyamalan
- Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
- Stars: James McAvoy, Sebastian Arcelus, Ameerah Briggs, Betty Buckley, Izzie Coffey, Nakia Dillard, Dann Fink, Jerome Gallman, Kash Goins, Brad William Henke, Rosemary Howard, Neal Huff, Kate Jacoby, Robert Michael Kelly, Emlyn Morinelli Macfarland
- Release Date: January 20, 2017
- Genre: Horror, Thriller
- Run Time: 1h 57min
If you are looking for some mind blowing thriller then Split is definitely your cup of tea. A psychological horror thriller movie, Split is the second installment to the trilogy of Unbreakable, directed M. Night Shyamalan. The plot of the movie takes place in the same universe as of Unbreakable. M. Night Shyamalan shares the story of villains and super heroes who do not wear any sort of capes. The movie stars James MaAvoy, Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy.
The movie opens with Claire, Casey and Marcia, three teenagers getting kidnapped and help caged by “Dennis”. Dennis is not someone who actually exists in full physical form. He in fact is one of the 23 personalities that live inside the brain of Kevin Wendell Crumb. Kevin has a full history of childhood abuse which leads to dissociative identity disorder.
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 dissociative identity disorder. For past several years, Kevin is treated by Dr. Karen Fletcher who is his psychiatrist for past several years. During his sessions, Kevin appears to stable, inside his mind each and every personalities sit in the chair and waits for their turn to come. “Barry” who is one of the 23 personalities decides whose turn will come first. However, due to his OCD and voyeuristic tendencies, two of his personalities “Dennis” and “Patricia” are kept in dark. Both of these personalities worship someone they call “The Beast”, who is rumored to be 24th personality.
No one could have done this role better than James McAvoy. It isn’t one character that he plays best in this movie; he is perfect in all his personalities. Not all 23 have been part of the story lines; however the few that were revealed made story an interesting watch. James McAvoy’s transition from one personality to another one is extremely smooth. He has done full justice to the role of a patient who is suffering from DID, dissociative identity disorder.
The movie moves on with the girls attempting to escape but each one of them ends up getting caught by “Berry” who decides to punish them one by one. Suspicious about the news of missing teenage, Karen Fletcher starts having thoughts that may be her patient Kevin. Her worst nightmare comes true when she finds out that Kevin is in fact behind these kidnapping. Aiming in her mind to help the girls, Karen ends up being in “Dennis” prison.
Keeping alive the tradition of putting the viewers on the edge of their seats, this movie is a master piece. James McAvoy, with his amazing acting skills, has raised the bars for others. This movie is for everyone who wants to understand how a person suffering from DID act and reacts under different situations. Similar to his previous work, Night Shyamalan has done an amazing job in this movie using his unbelievable acting skills.