Needing my usual Saturday movie to watch, I realized that I’ve been catching up and watching a lot of new Netflix original shows that I’ve been missing out on a bunch of movies that I wanted to see. Watching Netflix shows does that to you. Anyway, I decided to pick a movie at random since there’s an actual list now and Split was the movie of my choice. Keep reading to see if it was a good choice or a bad one.
Split is about a man named Kevin, played by James McAvoy. Kevin was abused as a child by his mother and because of that has developed 23 individual and unique personalities. Working with his psychiatrist Dr. Fletcher, played by Betty Buckley, he’s seen as a success as he’s able to control himself and work a steady job. But that’s not what’s really been happening. There’s a 24th personality just lurking in Kevin’s head waiting to come out when the time is right. This leads Kevin into abducting three teenage girls in order to let his new 24th personality out and purify the unclean.
I can’t tell you enough how awesome this movie was. I’m a huge M. Night Shayamalan fan and seen the majority of this movies. I might have missed a couple of them here and there, but that’s not the point. When people poo-pooed Lady in the Water, I thought it was one of the greatest movies ever. When people poo-pooed The Happening, I still said how it was a good movie that proved a point. Moving on though, nothing, not even The Sixth Sense, was as great as this movie is. There are a bunch of twists and turns and then the shocker of an ending that is known for these types of movies as you’ll learn more about Kevin and how while he has 23 personalities, they’ve all been pushed aside and only three of them have become dominant because they can let the beast out. Even though the movie mostly focuses on Kevin, it’s also about the three girls that he’s kidnapped. While two of them are the typical teenagers, there’s something off with the third one. She’s had some trauma of her own that gives her a different outlook on the whole situation that these girls are going through.
While there are of course other stars in this movie, it’s not just James McAvoy, they really play these sub-par roles that I can’t even call supporting. They’re there to make the move make sense and that’s about it. James McAvoy plays this amazing part of switching between the three dominant personalities of Dennis, the clean freak, Ms. Patricia, the mothering type who’s fully in control when things go to crap, and Hedwig, the nine year old boy, so perfectly that it makes the whole movie. You’ll also see some of the other personalities and James McAvoy nails each and every one of them making this movie more believable.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
If you’re a fan of M. Night Shayamalan you are going to love this movie. It is seriously his best movie and should not be missed. Let’s not forget about the fact that James McAvoy plays this amazing role that he just nails each and every scene. Even if you’re not a fan of M. Night Shayamalan, I would say that this movie is still a must watch. It’s an amazing psychological thriller that will have you guessing until the very end and sitting on the edge of your seat as you wait and see what’s going to happen next.