Split – Film Review

Title: Split

Age: 15

Released: 20 January 2017

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Genre: Thriller, Horror

Rating: ***** (5/5 stars)

About: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

Review: I am so happy that I finally got to see this film. I have been looking forward to it for so long.

I love Shyamalan’s films – even ‘The Visit”, which iI know is considered not his best.

What I do have to admit, and I’m so annoyed with myself for doing this, but I’m happy that I did it, is that I ruined the film for myself by watching a spoiler. Yes, I know that is my fault, but I can’t change that now.

Anyway, I have a point from this. THIS IS NOT A SPOILER! What I would like for people to be aware of, is that before they watch ‘Split’ (Ok maybe this is a spoiler, but only if you’re really smart and can make a connection with what I have to say), is that you should watch all of Shyamalan’s films. Particularly the film  ‘Unbreakable’. . . Just saying.

The reason this film is so successful, (or at least one of the reasons) is because of this twist, which only true fans (or at least people who have seen his films) will understand. And yes, I did just tell you that there is a twist, but I did not tell you what that twist is. Now, when you’re watching the film, you’ll be constantly second guessing what the twist could be, and that will just add to the tension of the film, I think.

Anyway, back to what I truly felt about this film. It is awesome.

I mean I still have a few problems with it, but nothing major because, you know, I gave it 5 stars.

Firstly, why did the main girl, in the beginning, stay in the car for so long? Like, don’t just sit there and cry, run and get help?

Secondly, Dr. Karen Fletcher really should have known better than to venture alone into Kevin’s “lair”. I say “lair”, because it is really a home?

Mainly, I’m just questioning the stupidity of some of the characters’ actions and decision making. But I guess that everything serves a purpose, or else there would be no story.

I really did enjoy this film, and I had been looking forward to watching it for so long.

I was not disappointed and neither will you be.

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