The Movie Split

When M. Night Shyamalan makes a film, you know you need to be prepared to get a bit mind-blown. With the movie Split, he doesn’t disappoint. In fact, this fascinating look into the mind of the main character, Kevin (James Mcavoy), who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, having 24 distinct personalities. One of his personalities named Dennis kidnaps and holds three girls captive. The girls look for a way to rely on some of his different personalities to can help them escape, all while trying to stay alive.
The movie Split, James Mcavoy via Universal

The Movie Split 

I can’t say enough about the film and cast without raving about the performance by James Mcavoy. Taking on 8 of the characters in Split, and at times bouncing from one persona to the next on a whim, with different accents and distinct personalities, he is phenomenal. He alone is worth seeing the movie. This interview from The Today Show with Matt Lauer gives you a good look at his performance and what it took for him to become these characters.

As mentioned in the interview, this movie is a bit disturbing with the content of the kidnapping of the teens, but it’s not as scary as it is thrilling and unsettling. There are even some comedic moments that break up the tension of the storyline. 

The movie Split, James Mcavoy via Universal

One of those characters is Hedwig, a 9-year-old boy that one of the captured teens Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), tries to befriend to escape. This may be the one that breaks the tension the most with his perfect childlike behavior, as you try to mentally wrap your brain around this complex disorder.

The movie Split, Jame Mcavoy and Betty Buckley, via Universal

As Barry, (Mcavoy) meets with Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), fighting with his inner selves looking for help. Dr. Fletcher is an advocate for people with dissociative identity disorder, researching the way one person with multiple personalities can take on different physical characteristics in the same body.

The movie Split, Anya Taylor-Joy, via Universal

If you aren’t one for a good thriller, this won’t be for you. But if you want a movie that will unsettle your soul a bit, make you think when it’s over, and see an actor blow you away – see Split.

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I attended an early screening of Split to share my review with my readers. All opinions are my own.
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