Split was a B-movie (with a 50 million dollar budget) that doesn’t feel like a B-movie. The plot is original and incredibly tense – slow and meticulous cinematography that making sure that audiences are bombarded by non-stop suspense. The beginning is briefly scary, and then last leg of the movie is more of a traditional scary film, I.e. Things lurking in the dark, loud sounds. Generally, very little gore and not really any big jump scares. Found it to be a pretty competent horror film in the sense that it didn’t lean on a ton of gore, body horror, and jump scares.
James McAvoy has stunning performance in Split which he can get into so many different personalities in the film and totally sound like different people. There is this one frame shots where he could change from personality to personality so seamlessly. Anya Taylor-Joy showed a lot of potential too as she brought a lot of emotion for a character that’s a loner and an introvert most of her screen time.
Summary: After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are kidnapped in broad daylight: friends Claire and Marcia, and difficult outsider Casey. Their captor Kevin locks the trio in a windowless room, then proceeds to frighten and baffle them. One minute he’s wearing eyeglasses and obsessive about cleanliness, the next he’s presenting as female, and later he acts like a nine-year-old boy. It is revealed that Kevin exhibits 23 alternate personalities, and in order to escape, his captives must convince one of the personalities within him to set them free, before the arrival of the 24th and final personality, the “beast”.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
After Credits Scene?: No