Well it’s January, and it’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie. So this was just a recipe for disaster… right? Right??
Split follows 3 teenage girls who are abducted by a man, played by James McAvoy, who suffers dissociative identity disorder. He has 23 different personalities that all play a role in his life and in his actions, with a very dangerous 24th personality coming to light.
M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t made even a decent movie since Signs. He changes that with this one. It’s a very solid movie. It definitely feels like one of his movies in the way it’s directed and shot. He gets a fantastic performance from McAvoy, probably the best of his career. It’s fascinating watching him play a character with this disorder. He does a great job and is actually pretty believable. All the girls do a decent job in their parts as well. A lot of the movie is tense and thrilling. It takes some unexpected turns. And then we get to the end. This is going to make or break the movie for a lot of people. Many won’t necessarily get it. For me, it was on the brink of losing me before the end. But that brought me right back into it and now I really like this movie and the creative avenue it took.
While the end fixed a lot of the problems I had with the movie, there are some things I still don’t like about it. There are times it really starts to drag on and gets a little boring. There are also a couple loose ends in the movie that are never really wrapped up. There is one thing in particular that has a lot of buildup and never has any sort of payoff or closure at all.
With all that said, the movie definitely has more good elements than bad. Plus, the ending made my jaw drop which adds a lot to my enjoyment. I’m excited for the possibility of a sequel, and that’s something I don’t say very often. It isn’t for everyone, but I’ll give Split a 4/5.
Let me know your thoughts on the movie (and the end in particular) in the comments.