Monday, January 7, 2019

Split (Movie Review)

Split (2016)
Written & Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, & Betty Buckley

Ever since M. Night Shyamalan scared the hell out of a twelve-year-old me with The Sixth Sense, I have always been a fan of his movies (although I've never watched The Last Airbender or After Earth). When Shyamalan came back with the Blumhouse produced movie The Last Visit (which I enjoyed) I was happy to see that a new movie called Split was coming soon.

The movie Split is about a man suffering from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and has 23 different personalities. He imprisons three teenage girls in an isolated facility.

Split is a psychological horror masterpiece that leads with strong acting, a great story, and a great set-up for 2018's Glass starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy. I easily gave this movie 5 stars out of 5 because it is that good.

James McAvoy delivers, arguably, his best acting. I've enjoyed McAvoy's acting in films like Wanted and the X-Men movies, but Split is where he delivered the best performance yet. Each personality he plays is incredible. And the way he talks to each personality and switches between them is great.

Anya Taylor-Joy was the perfect counterpart to James McAvoy's personalities. She has this calm, collective presence - she has control over the horrible situation she is in (along with the other girls), but you can also tell that she is frightened underneath. And that right there is incredible acting.

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