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.
|Release Date||:||November 15, 2016|
|Production Co.||:||Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Blinding Edge Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Charles S. Rowe, M. Night Shyamalan, Nicole Agostino, Amy Lauritsen, John Rusk|
|Writers||:||M. Night Shyamalan, Brick Mason|
|Casts||:||James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Brad William Henke, Sebastian Arcelus, Neal Huff, Kim Director, Lyne Renee, M. Night Shyamalan, Bruce Willis, Maria Breyman, Peter Patrikios, Roy James Wilson, Robert Bizik, Kerry Dutka, Izzie Coffey, Rosemary Howard, Jon Douglas Rainey, Junnie Lopez, Steven Dennis, Matthew Nadu, Barbara Edwards, Gary Ayash, Kash Goins, James Robinson Jr., Corinne Costa, John Mitchell, Andrea Havens, Shawn Gonzalez, Matthew Bowerman, Kelly Werkheiser, Aleksandra Svetlichnaya, Jalina Mercado, Michael J. Kraycik, Michelle Santiago, Michaela Bockarie, Colin Campbell, Jeff Buckner, Nakia Dillard, Vincent Riviezzo, John Jillard Sr., Julie Potter, Ukee Washington, Christopher Lee Philips|
|Plot Keywords||:||child abuse, kidnapping, gore, stalking, teenage girl, violence, mental illness, super powers, multiple personality, traumatic childhood, dissociative identity disorder|
- Shyamalan Is Back!by 1 October 2016on
458 out of 714 people found the following review useful:
Shyamalan had his debut with the critically acclaimed 'The Sixth Sense' followed by positively reviewed movies 'Unbreakable' and 'Signs'. After that, he went through a series of duds with 'Lady In The Water' , 'The Village' , 'The Happening' , 'After Earth' and was termed one of the worst directors of all time with 'The Last Airbender'. But, he made a decent comeback with 2015's 'The Visit' which received generally positive reviews and he's back at his game with 'Split'.
After a birthday party, three girls, led by Casey, are kidnapped by the troubled Kevin, who has a very rare case of 23 split personalities inside him. What follows is how the three girls try to escape from Kevin who himself is lowly having a mental breakdown. Sorry, I can't tell a lot about this movie as a small factor would spoil it.
This movie couldn't have worked without James McAvoy. He has given his best performance in his whole career and stands out as one of the reasons to watch this movie. The cliché points in the movie are watchable just because of his phenomenal performance. His transition from a 'Norman Bates' type woman Patrica to a 9 year old boy Hedwig to other personalities are amazing
Last but not the least, is the traditional "Shyamalan Twist". Trust me, this time your minds will be blown when you come to the conclusion. This twist doesn't match up to the "The Sixth Sense" one but it's a thrilling one. It's not some stupid twist like in "Signs". I won't forget that moment when someone behind me shouted out "WHAAAAT?!".
"Split" isn't scary, it's tense. This movie shouldn't have been given a "horror" tag. A "psychological thriller" sounds better. Nevertheless, this movie is worth a watch. I'm giving a 8/10 with one extra star just for James McAvoy
Welcome back, M.Night Shyamalan
- A great suspense story, with a standout performance by Mr McEvoyby 18 November 2016on
263 out of 480 people found the following review useful:
A welcome return to form for the director and James McEvoy gives one of his finest performances. I am not sure how many actors could achieve what he has executed so well here and one wonders if the film could have worked at the highest level without him. In between some of his bigger studio choices he has chosen challenging or interesting roles no matter how the films turn out and his range and talent always keep surprising but he takes it to another level here.
I won't reveal too much about the film as others will do that, except to say it was a great film to watch in the theater, full of suspense and in some ways quite touching and meaningful, even if you do or don't like the final twists you'll be drawn in to this story and on the edge of your seat in more of a suspense mode.
I wasn't sure if the film would go beyond a typical kidnapping film in the first five minutes but I can assure you its completely different to any expectations you'll have despite the director putting some of his more traditional touches on the film towards the end of it which really work in this case. I've always liked his earlier films as they often look at human conditions or flaws with imagination and some of his films have fallen short but he sounds like he's become more open minded and enjoying his work returning to form so well here and all I can say is well done, he has great attention to detail and gives his all.
This is a great film if you want an original suspense/thriller go and see it. I was sorry to see a review that put this film down, those reviews are off the mark this time round in my opinion I hope there is more to come from the M Night daring to be different again, his lower budget work is outstanding and easily brings out his best storytelling.
James McEvoy you've smashed it here and given you're all it was worth the risk, keep taking them! Having attended the Q&A he comes across a decent humble man which I would think gives his performances such resonance and skill. Also a great performance from Anya Taylor Joy she's a talent as well. Go see the see the film, especially in the threatre on a big screen it will have you on the edge of your seat.
- Should be straight to video-a horrible attempt at film makingby 6 April 2017on
75 out of 139 people found the following review useful:
Wish they had an option for zero votes, as this movie or film if you'd call it that, doesn't deserve the one vote I gave it. So, this guy M. Knight still puts out crap after all these years. Notice I use 'Knight'as I soon expect the Queen of England to be knighting this fellow with some accolades for his contribution film and motion picture innovation.
The opening credits are compelling enough to make one think that there is some hope for film's success; as a lot of work was put into the credits, perhaps more so than the body of the film itself. My hopes were soon dashed after the movie feebly got underway after the bold credit telling us who the director was of this fine piece of nonsense.
I found myself (more or less tortured) thinking that the movie should get better and that I for once could write something nice to say about this movie and director. Maybe the guy could learn from his past work and improve with his latest artistic foray. But unfortunately that wasn't the case. As this so called movie has finally taught me never to view another Sham-o-lame movie.
Oh we, could all say give the guy a break, he's just trying to be artsy- fartsy what have you. But no, it's not even artsy-fartsy. Poor Mr. McAvoy, his talents seem denigrated after this and it could spell doom and career suicide as well after working with M. knight. I'm surprised that IMDb number is at 7.4 of 10. Wow... Stunning revelation to the capacity of integrity of movie enthusiasts.
Yep, they had to bring in Bruce Willis in at the end for some box office draw like some insurance in case the movie severely bombed, which surprisingly it didn't as the box office business indicates $137 million netted from an estimated $9 million production budget. It just means that we'll see some future crap from this guy.
I understand that devout fans of M. Knight may be incensed with my comments but after all, opinions are much like orifices, as everyone is born with one or more. Enlighten me if I've missed something as I've gotten nothing from this film except for an 'itch' around the groin.
A final word of advice, save your money and more so, your time on this one as you will wish you had after self-debasing yourself with this latest attempt of tom foolery.
- WARNING: SPOILERS For Splitby 8 April 2017on
70 out of 130 people found the following review useful:
I'm going to leave a couple of blank lines just in case you didn't see the SPOILER warning...but apparently it doesn't work. First, I'm going to say I don't particularly like horror movies, so if you're a big horror fan, you MAY love this movie. I hate any movie where women act stupid, helpless, slow...you get the idea. Poverty makes a woman intolerant and if you are a strong woman, this movie is going to seem like someone is slowly scratching their nails across a chalkboard. By the end of the movie I was hoping the beast would kill the victim!
The story line is simple. Stupid girl doesn't pay any attention to her surroundings, stupid girl let's guy drug her and her two friends with aerosol, guy shoves 3 stupid girls in a locked room and keeps them there while he goes through his alternate personalities. There are plenty of chances for girls to escape, run away, but then they get all "oooo, I'm a girl, I can't use my brain, I have to be helpless" and they get locked in different rooms.
In the end, multi-personality guy changes into a mutant and kills his shrink and two of the girls. When he gets to the last girl we painfully watch as she just acts idiotic, drops shotgun shells all over, has a chance to kill the beast by shooting him multiple times at his C1 vertebrae, but does she do it? NOOOOO, she just lets him get away. Now there's a mutant killer running around free.
At that point I was hoping a large piece of the ceiling would kill her and put US out of our misery. Instead she continues to act stupid, mousy, like she owes the guy because he didn't kill her. In the end, there's a special cameo that tie's into another M. Night Shyamalan movie. I will never go to another horror movie again.
I know people will say, but it was all about a mental health issue and it was supposed to be complex, etc. My friend wanted to share the joy of the X-Men movies with me as I'd never seen them, so I'd watched all of them in chronological order (including Logan). I also watch Legion on TV, so I'm over the whole multi-personality thing.
Again, if you like horror, maybe you'll like this. If you HATE watching women acting stupid and helpless, stay away from this film. You'll be doing yourself a favor. Buyer beware!
- No twist!by 29 March 2017on
76 out of 142 people found the following review useful:
So M Night is back. The man who has been on a downwards spiral, well, since his first film. The 6th Sense, was excellent, in my opinion. I liked Unbreakable, but Signs was garbage and nearly everything else he has done has been rubbish (the Village has some merit).
Now this was interesting, no question. James M was stunning in his performance (similar to Filth, a brilliant film).
However, I was waiting for the pay off at the end of the movie. I assumed that the girl was either all 3 girls or the girl was just one of the personalities, that might have been a clever ending, but in the end, nothing; it just ended. Huh? What was the point of the uncle story? It added nothing. I thought it actually might have something to do with the whole story, but no, totally meaningless.
I gave it a 1, as it lead nowhere and was a waste of time. The acting of the 2 main characters was brilliant, IMO, so deserved a higher score, but the writer and director deserves a minus 10, which balances it out.
- -spoiler alert- can believe they give almost the same score with Identityby 25 February 2017on
116 out of 222 people found the following review useful:
the first 20 minutes was like watching Criminal Minds episode. not it is a bad thing, but if TV series can get you the same excitement, why bother go to cinema ? there is not enough story, not enough mystery, not enough twist, to be told in this movie. if you like to revisit old time feeling when you watched Scream or I Know What You Did Last summer, well, maybe you would enjoy this movie. i definitely don't. if you like split personalities genre, don't get your hope high. Split not even at the same level with Fight Club or even Identity.the things that disturbs me the most is how 'the writer' seems to enjoy half naked teens. one girl needs to take off her shirt, one girl needs to take off her skirt. and you would think they would go a little bit respect with female lead, but nope. save the best for last. she finally took her shirt off so they can save her character (rolling eyes). it is just so stupid and only shows how Hollywood movie and their writers exploit teen sexuality in a very smooth way and nobody seems to realize how sicks these writers are. i mean, it doesn't even contribute to the story line, or any character development (who ? dennis ? what a clever way to explain sexually mental disorder patient, huh). i mean, they could make the girls keep their clothes, and the movie will still be understood like it is. i don't mind with a little bit nudity when it contributes to the story (like in 3096 Days, as disturbing as it is, the girl nudity really give viewers better understanding of the kidnapper and the girl relationship). it's kinda suck for mc avoy, since this must be a very interesting character to be played. and as far as his acting goes, i don't have much complain. but got to be honest, his performance shone away by how bad the story is.
- What A Stinker!!!by 6 February 2017on
132 out of 254 people found the following review useful:
If tour-de-force performances alone made great movies, then "Sixth Sense" writer & director M. Night Shyamalan's "Split" would be one of the best. Instead, Shyamalan's twelfth movie qualifies as an unintentionally hilarious, multiple identity disorder, abduction chiller about a colorful fruit loop bristling with more identities than you can count on fingers and toes together. As the traumatized casualty of an abusive mom, woebegone protagonist Kevin Wendel Crumb (James McAvoy) has forged a 'Horde' of personalities to serve as a bulwark against grim reality. Predictable, derivative, and ultimately preposterous, "Split" contains McAvoy's nuanced performance as well as Shyamalan's usual standard-issue surprises. Indeed, McAvoy has a field day chewing the scenery as a wacko with 23 personalities who is gestating number twenty-four. Basically, this charming but deranged psycho abducts three pretty young things from a Philadelphia shopping mall and confines them for his own culinary delight in an underground facility from which escape is virtually impossible. Compared with other movies about split-personality psychos, "Split" does feature a looney tune with a greater number of identities than any other movie. McAvoy's chameleon-like capacity to shift from one identity to another in the flick of an eyelash is as fluid as if he were genuinely conflicted himself. Suffice to say, McAvoy is brilliant, but perhaps not Oscar brilliant. "Split" boils down to a clever, self-conscious one-man show despite the quartet of additional characters involved. Unfortunately, we see only eight of the twenty-three weirdos that McAvoy portrays, but none is either demonic or memorable. Meanwhile, two of those four other characters lack sympathy because they brought this tragedy on themselves by ridiculing the psycho. Shyamalan's surprises occur just where you would expect them, and you won't feel the overwhelming urge to shout "WOW!" because you are so flabbergasted. Meantime, Shyamalan struggles desperately to spawn suspense, but what he achieves remains at best trifling. Sometimes, this half-baked suspense proves aggravating because you realize how futile it is for these doomed characters. On the other hand, unlike most psychos on killing spree saga, "Split" doesn't wallow in gratuitous blood and gore.
Casey Cook (Anya Taylor-Joy of "The Witch") has been forged in a crucible of child abuse, too. A heart attack killed her father (Sebastian Arcelus of "Ted 2") while she was attending elementary school. Sadly, her father's brother, Uncle John (Brad William Henke of "Fury"), has assumed the duties as a guardian for Casey. Without divulging too much, Casey and her stepfather have had an adversial relationship. Now, in high school, Casey prefers to keep to herself whenever possible. Two of her snobbish classmates, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson of "The Edge of Seventeen") and Claire's African-American friend Marcia (Jessica of "Honeytrap"), have invited her to their birthday party more out of mercy rather than friendship. Indeed, they display cynical attitudes about Casey, but they fear the repercussions on social media about what they might have faced had they not invited Casey. When her ride doesn't materialize, Casey agrees to accompany Claire and Marcia and listen to Claire's father (Brian Gildea) who loves to tell terrible jokes. As the saying goes, Hell is a road asphalted with good intentions, and Claire and Marcia have provided the paving that puts Casey in harm's way. Before they can pull out of the parking lot, a stranger, Kevin Wendel Crumb intervenes, dispenses with Claire's dad, and then carjacks them. Slipping on a face mask, he sprays something into their eyes that plunges them into oblivion. Of course, had they not been paralyzed with fear, these girls could have bailed out before Kevin incapacitated them. When they awaken, the girls find themselves locked up in a room with the same tight-lipped stranger staring at them. Eventually, they discover that something is seriously amiss with their captor. Every time Crumb appears, he masquerades as an entirely different fellow, sometimes even as a woman. What the three girls don't know is that Kevin is a patient of a world-renowned psychotherapist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley of "Frantic"), who has terribly misjudged the threat that he poses to society. Repeatedly, Kevin tells her about 'the beast' and how this messianic personality will shield all twenty-three personalities from scorn and ridicule. When 'the beast' shows up, "Split" turns into a warped Marvel Comics movie because the beast possesses supernatural characteristics. At this point, you want to laugh out loud at this transition from a dreary abduction potboiler to a fantasy epic that happens to be a belated sequel to the Bruce Willis & Samuel L. Jackson thriller "Unbreakable."
Nothing in this review has been designed to spoil "Split" if you decide to see it. You may walk into this superficial saga with greater awareness than you might have, but far be it for me to sabotage the quirky ending that hinges on purity. Before anybody can complain that I hate all Shyamalan's movies, let me say that I admired "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs," and "Lady in the Water," but I abhorred "The Village," "The Visit," "After Earth," "The Last Airbender," and "The Happening." "Split" belongs to the latter category of travesties. Comparably, as deplorable as it was, "The Visit" surpasses "Split." Nothing about "Split" is more than timidly suspenseful, and the action degenerates into a series of episodic encounters between McAvoy's various personalities and his victims. Casey is the only other truly interesting character aside from the loquacious Dr. Karen Fletcher. The other two girls might as well have been mannequins. They are essentially expendable, and they behave like whiny victims in a movie where whiny victims must perish. The surprise ending came as neither a relief nor a revelation. More often than not, I felt like Shyamalan cheated with some of the narrative twists that contained neither enough credibility nor sufficient spontaneity. Finally, Shyamalan has exploited Dissociative Identity Disorder as a cheap gimmick to conjure up an uninspired Grimm's style fairy tale that stigmatizes the disorder rather than entertains us as a legitimate horror movie.
- Terrible movie NOTE: **May Contain Spoilers**by 19 February 2017on
134 out of 258 people found the following review useful:
Watching this movie is 2 hours of my life I will never get back - A total waste of time and such a disappointment.
Mind you this is my review so I'm entitled to comment how I perceived it; and I understand & respect others may see it very differently.... here we go, hopefully in brief.
First and foremost I found the continual reference to the child abuse flashbacks irrelevant to the story, unnecessary let alone distasteful. Not to mention the twist from "normal" suspense to "monster incorporated" suspense toward the end just a tad bit ridiculous.
I found the whole movie somewhat drawn out, way beyond achieving the suspense factor which I gather Shyamalan was aiming for, and which I think he failed dismally - it became instead repetitious and boring.
The ending I found totally ridiculous - a zoo?? and God forbid it left the viewer with the knowledge there is to be a sequel, which I will be giving a 'big fat miss'.
- Don't waste your money ...it's time to stop supporting his crap flicksby 15 February 2017on
135 out of 260 people found the following review useful:
Shyamalan again disappoints. Idk if I can even say I have spoilers the movie was so boring me and my girlfriend nodded off several times....this guy shouldn't be allowed to make movies anymore. This was like watching golf without the ball ...his therapist ignores signs of of his erratic behavior for nearly 90 percent of the movie ...the lead girl has flash backs of her creepy rapist uncle in a truly unnecessary and lame sub plot. Why not focus on the main plot or making the audience feel the women are in some real danger. It's teased relentlessly that Macao's character is evolving into the beast but when he becomes the beast literally nothing happens..... the plot is trash and I am done paying to see this guy's. Horrible movies ..just like the happening and so many other movies don't waste your money
- Utter Garbageby 25 January 2017on
150 out of 290 people found the following review useful:
I never have high hopes from M. Night, ever. This is the reason why. Where is the police investigations.. wouldn't one of the personalities turn on the other?? Oh, sure they send e-mails to the doctor..but why not to the local police department ratting one or the other out? I wish I could go negative on the review. Anyone who likes this has taste for complete garbage. Probably enjoyed Windows Me, Vista, 8 and 10 as well. Nice reviews on such utter piles of trash is the reason why we can't get a good movie. They had a birthday party at a mall..where security cameras exist, not only inside the mall but outside as well. Someone 'stalking' another human being would surely turn up on multiple security cameras at some point in time. Oh, right, we aren't suppose to think too much in this. I'm glad I wasn't the one paying for the movie.
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