This was the first film on my list for “Most anticpated Movies for 2017”, so I was really excited to finally see this movie. The day I went to the cinema to watch this film, my Twitter was filled with backlash comments about it. I hate reading reviews before I watch a movie but they were all over my Twitter feed. They were all about how this film was a bad representation of Mental Health issues. If you have seen the same feedback, please remember before you see this film that this is a horror/thriller movie and not a documentary. Directed by M.Night Shyamalan who has brought some of my favourite thriller movies to the screen, such as Signs, The Sixth Sense and The Village. He has a distinct style which I thoroughly enjoy and love watching his movies.
This film is about a man who has Dissociative Identity Disorder. A mental health condition which several personality can retain within one individual. There have been other films like this in the past like Shutter Island, Identity, Fight Club and My, Myself and Irene but none of which reach a deep, dark ,physiological level like Split. Possessed by these personalities, Kevin kidnaps three girls and holds them captive. Unlike other kidnapping films where the stories are centered around the captives, this film shines the light on Kevin’s “DID” and one of the captives Casey, with her childhood in flashbacks.
James McAvoy gave an amazing performance as Kevin and all the different personalities portrayed in the film. I thought Hedwig who was his 9 year old personality was a great character, which gave a great source of light to a very dark film when needed. Honestly, I was a bit let down by the fact that the character was supposed to have 23 central personalities but we only really saw maybe half a dozen. It would have been great to see more of the different personalities. Casey, played by Anya Taylor-Joy was perfect for this role. Usually in kidnapping films it’s just a lot of screaming and tears etc but Anya gave a real terrified emotion to the character. Playing a captive is a horrible situation to portray but Anya gave the right level of emotion to this thrilling movie.
Like I said before, I would have preferred to see more of Kevin’s personalities in this film. Also, even though this film is marketed as a horror movie it really is not. The last 10 minutes of this film is a horror. 100%! However, this doesn’t have the normal intensity of a kidnapping film and is more based upon the physiological aspects of the main character which makes it more of a thriller movie. As far as I am concerned M.Night has done it again and produced another great movie.
I rate SPLIT 7/10!
Split is in cinemas NOW!