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Feb 3, 2017
'Split' is the newest film from director M. Night Shyamalan - at one time one of Hollywood's most exciting directors, and more recently something of a punchline in the industry. Following the release of several critical and commercial failures, Shyamalan directed a modest hit in 2015 - 'The Visit' - which recaptured the director some respect and hope for better things again. With 'Split', Shyamalan completes his return to form, delivering his most well-crafted film since the early 2000s.
The film follows a group of three teenage girls abducted by a man named Kevin (James McAvoy) with multiple personalities - 23 to be precise. The girls try to escape, but are constantly thwarted by Kevin's personalities. Meanwhile, Kevin continually visits his psychiatrist Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), who is trying to learn more about Kevin's disorder.
'Split' is the most care and effort Shyamalan has put into a film in many years, which is in large part what makes it his comeback film. The story is original and entertaining, and will keep your attention from start to finish. The film is certainly one of the more intriguing and well-done thrillers I have seen in recent memory.
The actors do a remarkable job, particularly the ones playing the three main characters. James McAvoy gives 200%, always at full energy and completely throwing himself into every personality he must play. He is rightfully the centerpiece of this film. Betty Buckley is impressive in the role of Dr. Fletcher; the audience can clearly see she cares about what she does, and that she genuinely wants to help Kevin and also gain more knowledge about his condition. Anya Taylor-Joy plays Casey, a troubled girl who serves as the main protagonist of the three kidnapped teenagers. Taylor-Joy gives a great performance, offering a sympathetic character who you'll find easy to root for through the film.
'Split' isn't entirely without flaws. There are a few awkward moments in the script and a couple logic issues that could be pointed out. Ultimately though, they don't hinder the film's quality in any significant way. With many of Shyamalan's other films, the flaws pile on too much and hamper the film's enjoyment. This trend is reversed with 'Split', which exceeds in most areas with total confidence. The 'twist' ending is something you won't see coming, and it's a very fascinating one that shouldn't be spoiled.
'Split' is truly a homecoming for M. Night Shyamalan, and proves the director is still capable of making exceptional films. The film has great emotional moments and many comical ones, too, which add depth to its status as a thriller. I recommend 'Split' to anyone looking for a unique, tense, and memorable movie.
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