Movie Review – Split

Split_01‘Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th’ (IMDb) (by M. Night Shyamalan, 117 min.)

This was one hell of a movie. I’ve never seen anything like it. Well, I have, but never made with such expertise and that captured my attention so intensely. The entire story is told in such a way that you keep guessing what will come next. Each little information you get, you absorb and can’t stop thinking how everything will turn out in the end. And I must say that, although I did see the end comingĀ from a mile away, it didn’t disturb me one bit. The supernatural element to it made it interesting and even the little nod at the end, was very welcome. I think storywise this is a true treat, but it’s not what stole the show.

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What really made this movie stand out, are the performances. First off, we have to acknowledge Anya Taylor-Joy. She first came in the light in the movie The Witch (2015), the best horror movie that year. Already in her performance there, you could see the potential she has as an actress. The way she carries difficult scenes is remarkable, especially for someone so young. Here again, she puts down a beautiful performance, never overshadowing, always humble, but powerful at the same time. The perfect blend when it comes to such scenes.

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Same could be said of Izzie Coffey, who plays five-year-old Casey in the few flashbacks. Here we get more information about her past and this explains us certain things. She is really something, regardless of the fact she doesn’t says much, but we get so much more out of her silences and her glances. And this is just enough for this story. More would overshadow the difficulties and the effects this had on her character.

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The strongest and best performance in this entire movie is by James McAvoy. Not only does he play around 8-9 characters, he plays them in such a distinct way that you never loose track of which character is in the scene. This asks for so much knowledge, each character fully fleshed out, it just makes me wonder how he did it. He’s so remarkable and surely has to get a nod about this. He carries the entire movie. Giving enough to the others to help understand the story, but taking back the light when the moment needs it. Split wouldn’t be the same without him and I think M. Night Shyamalan made the perfect choice by picking him.

The combination of the story, the cinematography and the play of the actors, make this an unforgettable movie. A joy to watch. One that will stick with you and I do feel one that you’ll take more and more out of, every time you watch it.

8/10 stars. I really enjoyed this one and I’ll be sure to check it back when I have the opportunity.

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