Split tells the story of three girls who are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Going into this film and based off the trailer, I knew the only thing that was going to be keeping this film together and the essentially the saving grace of the film was James McAvoy. I was lucky enough to have the chance to see McAvoy perform in the stage version of ‘The Ruling Class’ in which he played a deluded character that thought he was Jesus reincarnated and it really showed his chops as an actor. Because of that, it was long proven to me that he could play a range of crazy. Without McAvoy, Split wouldn’t be the same. He did such an amazing job at creating several distinct personalities and showed the extent of the trauma in his performance. There’s not many actors that could do this well and McAvoy has certainly proved he is someone that can handle something like this.
Split is a little different to the typical kidnapping film, which is a refreshing break, though it may seem like it might fall into cliche’s in its set up. It certainly smashes those expectations and becomes an original screenplay that holds suspense and thrill.
The film is entertaining and enjoyable when it comes down to it but the worth the price of a cinema ticket? Probably not. When compared to the films of Shyamalan since The Sixth Sense, this is a film that is definitely a step up from his previous efforts.
It seems like the last twenty seconds of the film had not only myself but my friend that came to see the film with me completely lost at the appearance of *spoiler* Bruce Willis. We hadn’t seen Unbreakable in which Willis’ appearance was referring to as Shyamalan attempts to create his own universe of films and characters.