By: Logan Coleman
Spilt is the latest psychological thriller by M. Night Shyamalan, the film definitely has moments of intense terror and I was surprised by the comedic elements of the film. I would say that the issues within the film lie within the way they use child abuse and mental illness as part of the story line. The mental illness that I am talking about is dissociative identity disorder, if you are expecting the disorder to be medically correct, it is not. With this in mind, James McAvoy’s performance as Kevin and his twenty-three other personalities will hopefully be nominated for an Oscar next season for best actor. The performances by Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula were good.
I would describe Split as a spiritual sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s previous film Unbreakable. The only other concern I would give parents who want to take their pre-teen children, be warned there is a cannibalistic element to this film even though it is PG-13.
This is a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan, it is probably his third best film he has made yet. I am giving this film three and ½ stars out four!