Movie Review: Split

M. Night “What a twist” Shyamalan is back!

Let me just go on record, in case I haven’t before in any of my postings that I enjoy watching M. Night Shyamalan movies all the time. Good or bad I always admire his unique ways of storytelling from his original works and for a while there, he always manages to surprise me with something that was written and played out on film in front of me that I didn’t see before. That comes with great skill in writing and direction. 

Yelling, “WHAT, WOW, I can’t believe it.” at the end of the movie and I found myself still shaking after leaving the theatre because of how shocked I was. 

Which brings me to his latest film Split starring James McAvoy (X-men First Class series, Wanted) as a man who kidnaps three teenage girls who find out that they were not taken for just a simple ransom but for something more sinister. To also make things difficult, McAvoy’s character is diagnose with at least 23 different personalities.

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McAvoy gives a wonderful performance that is entertaining, suspenseful, comical, and shows the great range of his skills in acting. You will not be bored with watching him on-screen and it shows that Shyamalan made an excellent choice in picking him for this role. The movie itself grabbed my attention from start to finish and kept me engaged and curious with what was going to happen next. Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Morgan) who sort of goes toe to toe with the kidnapper does a wonderful job playing victim/heroine. You actually care for these characters which I think helps create the suspense that you might be looking for or maybe you are just watching to see how scenario like this will play out.

There are some edge of your seat moments, great suspense, and also scenes that will make you even laugh a little bit. Don’t let that discourage you from seeing the movie. Those chuckle out loud moments are not done in a cheesy way nor does it take away from the suspense of the film. I will say this. THIS IS NOT A HORROR MOVIE. I repeat THIS IS NOT A HORROR MOVIE. which is not a bad thing at all but if you are expecting one, you will be disappointed. Shyamalan has a way of giving us plenty of information in such a subtle way with just an image or a hint with a scene or shot in a certain angle that is not in your face which I think is something important to keep you hooked on the movie.

I do recommend you see this film and if his movies are still talked about at the water cooler, see it soon before you find out what happens. Say what you will about M. Night Shyamalan, but with his previous sleeper hit The Visit, I think that he is slowly winning our trust back and curiosity to watch his films on-screen again. I was entertained throughout the entire film and I believe you will be too. 

5 out of 5

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