By: Rebecca Ann Menezes
After success stories such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, preceding a series of comparatively underwhelming films, M. Night Shyamalan is back with 2016’s SPLIT. And it’s about time. With one of the most eerie trailers, a lot was expected of the psychological thriller produced by Blumhouse Productions and Blinding Edge Pictures.
About the Movie
In this reality it is believed that those with Dissociative Identity Disorder can not only contain multiple completely dissimilar personalities but also manifest exclusive physical characteristics according to each personality. Kevin, played by James McAvoy, suffers from DID and withholds 23 such personalities. One personality needs glasses and another insulin shots, some personas have greater strength and some even have anxiety disorders such as OCD.
Though there are 23 personalities known to psychiatrist Dr. Fletcher, played by Betty Buckley, there remains one who is yet to emerge. This 24th personality compels Dennis, one of the major personalities, to abduct three teenage girls. Casey Cook played by Anya Taylor‑Joy, is one of the three girls who battles her own troubled past, as we see through the flashbacks she has.
Of course the movie would be incomplete without Shyamalan’s signature twist ending that leaves us with all too many questions.
SPLIT has already made over 196.7 million USD in the box office, placing number 1 for three weeks in a row. The cinematography and symbolism in the movie is palpable yet simple, like the background of 24 credit roles to represent 24 personalities. This also happened in the introduction of SPLIT, foreshadowing the 24th personality. References to Shyamalan’s Unbreakable are also something to look out for, making the ending of SPLIT a head-scratcher indeed. With a strong storyline, amazing actors and rich quality of film, SPLIT has got some of the major ingredients for brilliance. To Director Shyamalan, we say keep at it!