“Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.”
Split is one of those movies that might actually and no pun intended, leave audiences split. It a Shyamalan movie in every sense of the word, which is sometimes very good and other times…ridiculous. But its a line that when he walks properly, he walks almost perfectly. This movie is movie built on tension, and a slow and steady release of information, and those are both vital for this movie to work. As we go deeper and deeper, we keep getting just enough new information to keep things grounded and tight. Then towards the end when the movie starts to release all of that tension, its speeds up to help keep convert that slow tension from earlier to a fast paced explosive one. For the majority of this movie we get one of the many characters played by James McAvoy, and he plays them to perfection. He seamlessly is able to switch and swap and drop and pick up these personalities and their unique expressions and tones thats done so convincingly, that you never question that aspect of the story. There is a twist of sorts at the end of this movie, and to be fair its more of a reveal than a twist. About 90 seconds before it happened i found myself muttering a phrase to myself and wondering if thats where he was going to take it, and to my surprise and delight he did, and i applaud him for it. Split is a real pulse pounding, heart beating kind of thriller that I highly recommend.
Review Score : 9 out of 10