23 is enough
Village Jam Factory - Monday 23 January 2017, 7:00pm
Running time: 117m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Mature themes, violence and coarse language)
Release date: 26/01/17
Rating: 6.5/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3.5/5)
School friends Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) and Marcia (Jessica Sula) along with troubled classmate (with a traumatic past) Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) are kidnapped by Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy). Trapped in his creepy lair, Kevin's 23 personalities torment the girls as they try and plan their escape. But Kevin / Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig et al are struggling to cope, and psychiatrist Dr Karen (it's been a long time since Eight is Enough for Betty Buckley) is on the brink of discovering how the multiple personalities are able to change their physiology. Creepy much.
Split is the latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, the creative (and twisted) mind responsible for The Sixth Sense, The Village and TV's Wayward Pines. Being a Shyamalan film (in which he also makes a cameo appearance) there's the temptation to look for the twist (yes, Kevin's an alien having a dream in 1792 inside a burrito... or is he?) but it's best to just go with the flow and enjoy a story. It's generally well-paced (despite a few slow parts) that provides the perfect vehicle for James McAvoy to showcase some great performances. These are more than a token change of outfit and voice; the personalities are fully fleshed-out and eerily convincing. There's a lovely nod to a previous film (no spoilers here) and it's a film that messes with your head rather than turning your stomach with a minimal use of gore. Yes, it's received some flack about the depiction of dissociative identity disorder, but it's a well-crafted creepy and enjoyable thriller.
Guest review: Honest Rob
Three teenage girls are kidnapped by a man diagnosed with 23 personalities, however that’s not even the scariest part, they must escape before the horrifying 24th emerges, amply named “The Beast”. The movie is fast paced getting straight into it, with constant references like most movies do explaining why the main protagonist is the way they are. Anya Taylor Joy plays the main protagonist exceptionally well, displaying a mysteriousness yet quietness and social awkwardness that few can pull off so well while still keeping you on their side. James McAvoy was the obvious star of the show with his portrayal of 24 different personalities in just 1 body; brilliant work James. This movie is in NO WAY a horror film. It’s basically a very suspenseful thriller at best. I really enjoyed this movie and I think most people will as it’s really not that scary. I believe that the film suffers from the M rating as an R rating could have allowed the movie to at least fit one or two gruesome scene’s which the film deserved to fit the horror genre. Still I give this movie an 8 out of 10. Please note there is much I couldn’t say without giving away too many spoilers. I will mention that there is a very cool reference to one of Shyamalan’s movies somewhere along the way.