First of, I am sorry for not posting for about a month, but school has been a huge pain for me. I know that this season was filled with inconsistencies, with me doing breaks all the time, but try to understand that this was one of the worst years of my life. But then again, school is over and I plan to post a lot in the summer, bringing you fresh and cool content.
Now, related to the review in question, must say that I apreciated the first three films of M. Night Shyamalan ( “The Sixth Sense”, “Unbreakable” and “Signs” ), however, ever since then, his filmography came down hill. Eventually, reaching a stopping point , with the low – budget flick – “The Visit” – that I was very fond of. But, if we needed more proof that his making a comeback to his talended directorial skills, well, that arrived in the form of “Split”.
In this thriller, the story revolves around three girls that are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, leading to their attempts of escaping the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
The main cast is composed by James McAvoy, Anya Taylor – Joy and Betty Buckley. And, this movie, scored a lot of points due to the performances, specially, James, a highly underrated actor, in my opinion. And even though, he plays only 9 personalities in the film, he, literally, plays more than one character and he kills it the best way possible. The gestures, the way he speaks, the way he acts make each personalities believable and attach different feelings towards each one of them, delivering one of the best performances this year, so far. If he doesn’t get an Oscar nomination, the Academy is going to just keep lowering my respect for it. As far as the other characters go, the two girls, they seem a little bit bland, still it benefited the plot in terms of what it needed to accomplish.
In regards to the score, it is a very intense one with high notes when the strong and vivid moments are displayed. So, it just adds to the claustrophobia experienced during the whole movie.
In relation to the story itself, I think it is very original and interesting, I mean, developing a tale about a person with Dissociative Identity Disorder, I don’t know why haven’t anybody ever thought of that idea showcased on the big screen. The grounds you could cover with that concept, the ability of adapting to any personality, psichologically and phisically, but, Shamalyan grabbed it first and he made a very tense and mind blogging narrative. There are some memorable scenes in the movie, mostly sorrounding James ‘s character(s), creating pure shock moments and a sense of “what is going on”, which is good, since we are suppose to feel the uncertainity and the distress present in the characters, Anya’s character is the main example of that, who even though, it tries to be smart and take control of the situation in order to get out, she comes down to her limits and crumbles to the stressfull environment she is in.
In conclusion, this is one of my favourite movies this year ( so far ), where excellent performances can be seen, intense music, unforgettable moments and an original story. And even if there are some flaws, the two girl characters are somewhat bland, some exposition scenes seemed forced, like the Skype conference scene, nonetheless is a thriller that you should watch , coming as a proof of the groove that Shyamalan still posesses. Coupled up with another shocking twist !
I rate : 7,9 / 10