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On the way home from a birthday party the girls Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and Claire (Haley Lu Richardson) are kidnapped by a stranger (James McAvoy) and locked into a basement room. Turns out the man suffers from a personality disorder. A total of 23 different personalities live in him, from the manipulative Patricia to the little boy Hedwig. The girls are prophesied the arrival of a monster, to whom they are to serve as a sacrifice. It is another, so far hidden personality of the man who slowly but unstoppably crawls to the surface. And the girls have little time to escape their prison until the 24th personality of their kidnapper gains the upper hand…
With "Split" director M. Night Shyamalan proves once more that despite some rough flops he should not be written off yet. Maybe it's because he only had a mini-budget, that he was given more creative freedom, and that he could focus more on the strengths that made his early films so successful that "Split" worked so well over long stretches. Certainly, this thriller never reaches the class of "The sixth Sense" or "Unbreakable". But Shyamalan is clearly back on track. An oppressive atmosphere, a mysterious story with a penetrating ending provide the tension that made "The Happening" or "After Earth" so painfully missing.
However, without its main actor "Split" probably wouldn't be half as good. James McAvoy's portrayal of the different personalities is simply great. From amusing, lovably naive, to completely disturbed, calculating and absolutely fearsome, McAvoy offers virtually the full range of his skills. He only has to embody eight of the 24 personalities in total, but that makes him so convincing and versatile that there is no doubt that he would have mastered the other sides of Kevin with flying colours. Even if the script has some hooks and the film has small lengths, James McAvoy alone is worth every cent of the movie ticket.
Shyamalan pushes the protagonists and thus also the audience relatively fast into their nightmare. Nevertheless, at first he takes his time to build up the threatening atmosphere, which only culminates in something like horror and a little bit of action towards the end. Which brings us to the final: M. Night Shyamalan is known for the fact that there is a big twist at the end that turns everything upside down. Strictly speaking, there's no such thing here. However, he does have a surprise in store, which many viewers probably won't understand at first. If you understand what the director wants to suggest with the last scene, the whole thing is a really nice and big surprise for you. This ending has a big advantage: If you don't understand it, there is no disadvantage for the understanding of the movie. But if you see what Shyamalan's point is, you'll see some aspects of the story with different eyes.
"Split" really isn't the best movie by M. Night Shyamalan - but it guarantees his best for ten years. If he now continues to concentrate on small, intense mystery thrillers like this one and even more returns to his old strengths, then we can definitely look forward to some good works by the once celebrated Hollywood prodigy filmmaker. Absolutely worth seeing!
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