James McAvoy stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split
After three girls are kidnapped by a man with 24 distinct personalities they must find some of the different personalities that can help them while running away and staying alive from the others.
First, let’s get something cleared up that is a little misleading from the trailer for the film, James McAvoy is a character that has 23 personalities, he doesn’t play all 23 in the Split, he actually plays 9 and he plays them brilliantly.
After seeing the trailer for the film, I wasn’t really sure if this was going to be a film that I really had any interest in, but then after seeing the trailer a few times, Split started to spark my interest, then when McAvoy was on the Graham Norton Show my interest really peaked.
SPLIT: A Psycho Thriller of Many Parts!
So the movie starts with an introduction to the three girls, then we meet one of McAvoy’s characters as he kidnaps the girls, who are taken to a strange room for purposes that only on of McAvoy’s characters only knows until we are enlightened shortly after to why they have been taken.
But don’t think that the film is all set in this one room, it’s not! Barry, one of McAvoy’s personas, has meetings with Dr Fletcher (played by Betty Buckley) who as she tries to find out what is happening to Kevin who is the real person buried beneath all the others that are fighting for the “light”!
As time progresses Dr Fletcher gets emails from one of the 23 asking for help, but which one and why?
McAvoy brings the nine characters that he plays on the screen to life in such a way that they are believable, from the Dennis with his OCD, the creepiness of Patricia (This of Norman Bates as his mother), Barry the designer and the very funny and charming 9-year-old Hedwig.
Playing so many characters only shows the range and the abilities that James McAvoy has and the 24 character to emerge is his most terrifying and shocking!
Add to the plot a great back story for Casey (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) which has you thinking where is this taking us and why are we finding out about this for only this character and then the film takes some twists and turns that any good M. Night Shyamalan movie would.
The look of the film is also pretty impressive, the lighting in the scenes where the girls are kept is superb, not too dark, not too light, spot on. The sound is nicely mixed for its ambience.
Split is certainly one of those films that will pull you in as you watch it, it’s creepy and fascinating at the same time, you want to know more about Casey’s backstory as the film unfolds, you also want to know more about why Kevin is the way he is and why he has 23 different people that want to be part of him.
Then there is the end of the film! Now I’m not going to spoil the end of Split for anyone, the final scene of the movie just blasts out the wow factor, well it does if you are a fan of M. Night Shyamalan and have seen his other films, as soon as this scene took place during my screening, there were several in the audience gasping and saying, “NO WAY!”, “Wait, What, that’s awesome”!
If you like films with some nice twists, with maybe a hint of Psycho and other classic psychological movies, then this is for you. McAvoy is brilliant in his roles and it’s worth seeing for his performance. Check it out and remember, don’t tell people the ending, you don’t want to split from your friends over it.