Those suffering from M. Night Shyamalan fatigue like myself can understand my reasons for being, er, hesitant about the new movie, SPLIT. It's like, as my mom says, "Shyamalan gave everything he had to The Sixth Sense and has nothing more to give." I'll second that. The Sixth Sense is great, and he's been trying to be as innovative and suspenseful as that for the last 18 years (to no avail). So, here we are, with SPLIT, written and directed by Shyamalan, which to be fair looks like a good movie. But that's become Shyamalan's thing; looks great, is awful.
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man's fractured, gifted mind. Following last year's breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Well, McAvoy is always a great idea. I'm just saying, don't be surprised if Kevin ends up turning into a CGI puppet. It's Shyamalan, expect anything.
Check out a few more images from SPLIT:
Anyone else struggling to be cautiously optimistic about this? SPLIT is in theaters January 20.