Split is a welcomed return to form from director M. Night Shyamalan, whose new mind-bending psychological thriller is a worthy extension of his early work.
The film follows the story of Kevin (James McAvoy), a psychiatric patient afflicted with dissociative identity disorder, opening with one of McAvoy’s personas kidnapping three teenage girls after a high-school birthday party – popular Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula), along with outcast Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy).
Almost immediately the hairs on the back of your neck will rise and few times, if any, will they rest.
Trapped underground in an undetermined location, the girls spend several days trying to devise ways to escape. Each attempt will have moviegoers digging their fingernails deeper into their armrests.
Kevin and his 22 other personalities are supremely terrifying as he transforms seamlessly from menacing enforcer to friendly child to unnerving but soft speaking lady.
Though Kevin has evidenced a total of 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to take the light and dominate all the others
Like in all good thrillers, tension accumulates slowly, leaving you anxiously guessing as to when the blow will finally land and as to what form it will take.
Words by Megan Laws
Image by Universal Pictures
Details: Split | Released: 26 January 2017 | Rated M | 117 minutes