Movie Review Flashback- Split (2016)

Director M. Night Shyamalan seemed to have lost some of his film making magic with such movies as The Happening and Lady in the Water, but he seems to have gotten his mojo back with Split, a thriller that came out in 2016. It stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, and features a cameo by Bruce Willis of Unbreakable fame.

After a birthday party, popular girls Claire, Marcia, and outsider Casey are kidnapped by a mysterious man named “Dennis” an OCD person who has sinister ideas for the girls.

While trying to figure a way to escape, the girls are greeted by “Patricia” who is “Dennis” dressed as a woman and later by the childlike “Hedwig.” Their kidnapper has disassociative identity disorder which does not only cause personality changes, but there is a hidden person that is so terrible and frightening, he is almost superhuman.

Claire and Marcia make attempts to escape while, Casey, a girl with a history of abuse, tries to understand their kidnapper in order to gain a way out.

Meanwhile, we find out that their kidnapper is Kevin Wendell Crumb. A mild mannered man who is seeing a therapist. Kevin is almost completely gone as Dennis, Patricia, Hedwig, and the “Beast” fight for the spotlight. Whatever the beast is planning for the young girls, it is something violent and dangerous.

Mental health professionals accused the film of perpetuating the stereotype that people suffering from DID are dangerous, but in the fact, the film goes out of the way to say they are not. Simply this single person is on the scale.

The movie is unique in that is lacks the infamous “Shyamalan twist” at the end. Do not worry, there are no spoilers in this review. It seems that he is backing away from that and focusing more on driving the suspense of the film. While the movie lacked the luster and gravitas of his earlier works like The Sixth Sense or Signs, it definitely a return to form for the famous director.

The plot, the acting, and even the overall feel of the film brings back the dramatic creepiness that you felt watching his flicks.

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, foul language, disturbing images, sexual innuendo

FAVORITE QUOTE: The broken are the more evolved.

Thank you for reading! Be sure to like and share this article. Don’t forget to subscribe for more upcoming movie reviews.

Head over to YouTube to subscribe to my channel where you catch my vlogs and my free web show StudioJake. As a bonus, check out my interview with my friend and colleague Misty Callahan.

If you would like to order your paperback copy of my debut novel Cacophony: A Tale Of Faith And Fear, click here. If you want to download it for your iPad or tablet click here. The Kindle edition is now on sale for only $2.99! It is an incredible paranormal thriller about angels fighting to defend human souls from the evil demonic presence in the town. Messenger angel Gabriel as to rally the Seven Archangels for an epic showdown with the demon Ashtaroth and her Grigori. It’s a story that mixes drama, supernatural fiction, and with a dash of fantasy.

You can find me on everywhere on social media! Facebook: Author Jacob Airey | Instagram: real.jacob.airey | Twitter: @realJacobAirey

Consider supporting me and my creative efforts on Patreon. It is because of your generosity that writers, bloggers, and vloggers like me can continue to be creative.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s