Saturday, January 28, 2017

Split (2016)

IMDb plot summary: Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Starring Jamse McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, and Haley Lu Richardson.

(Spoilers ahead.)

Shyamalan's back, everyone. This is a really solid, interesting thriller. James McAvoy in particular is really fantastic, managing to shuffle distinctly but subtly between his character's various personalities. Scientifically, we still don't know or understand that much about DID, and I liked how Shyamalan actually did draw on the few things we do know and then expand on that to create a sci-fi/fantasy ending that was a consistent extension of what was set up. There are definitely a few instances of Shyamalan's eye-rollingly bad dialogue, but the tension is kept up and the mystery is unraveled slowly so you're interested enough that the few hiccups are easy to dismiss. Nicely done.

4 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Split > Sex Tape
Split > A Doll's House
Split < A Man for All Seasons
Split < Seven Samurai
Split < Anne of Green Gables
Split < Tickled
Split > Zootopia
Split < Bubba Ho-tep
Split > High Strung
Split < Christmas in Connecticut

Final spot: #616 out of 2568.

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