An in-depth review of the Psychological Thriller Split.

By Arianna Garcia (Staff Writer) -2/22/17

A scene from the movie where Casey has a conversation with one of Kevin's personalities
A scene from the movie where Casey has a conversation with one of Kevin’s personalities

M. Night Shyamalan’s movie Split is a psychological thriller that gives us a deeper look at the behavior of someone with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). The movie’s main character is a man named Kevin Wendell Crumb; he has 23 identities, and he believes there is a 24th identity, which he calls, The Beast. The movie begins with a scene of a teenage girl’s birthday party; when the party is over, we are introduced to four characters, three of which are the girls who Kevin later abducts.
Shyamalan does a good job of directing the movie due to the fact that it was hard to predict what was going to happen next. There was a lot of suspense and I found myself frightened at some points due to the setting and sound effects.
The cinematography was amazing in my opinion, I think they did a good job of trying to show how being abducted really feels like and under what circumstances the girls could be kept.
The acting from characters Casey Cook and Kevin were absolutely phenomenal. I love how James McAvoy accurately differs each identity from the others; he acts as if he were a completely different person and that was what made his acting so great.
For the overall mood of the movie, I believe that it lives up to the description of a “thriller”. There were parts in the movie where the mood was depressing; when Casey begins to have flashbacks, you can tell she’s deep in her thoughts and the experience she had was traumatic. There were other times where the mood was more or less frightening and then it would shift to being hilarious as the film had a sense of irony in it.
Overall, the story is very interesting; we are shown how the character Casey Cook learns to manipulate the mind of one of Kevin’s personalities in order to try and help herself and the others. We are also shown how Casey has flashbacks of what her childhood was like and her personal experience with her family, along with things that help her stand out from the others.
I would give this movie a four out of five because I found myself truly intrigued and unable to predict what was going to happen next. It kept me on the edge of my seat and some scenes had me deep in my emotions. I would truly recommend for people to go see this movie because it really does do a good job of showing what people with DID can experience. The only thing I did not like was the end of the movie because it was made for fans of his previous films, and I was confused as to what it meant. Nevertheless, the film was amazing and totally worth watching.