Split (2017) Review

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Split (2017) Review

Horrorific content by SantiGarri99 on August 03rd, 2022 | Movie Review | Slow Burn, Blumhouse, Drama, Psychological, Madness, Confined, Split Personality, Hollywood

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It's about a a man with 23 different personalities, which are haunted by a dark folk tale from his inner acolytes about the imminent arrival of an inhuman being.

Split was directed by M. Night Shyamalan (Old, The Happening, Signs) and stars James McAvoy (It: Chapter 2, Swimming Pool), Anya Taylor-Joy (Last Night in Soho, The New Mutants, and Morgan), Betty Buckley (The Happening, Carrie), Haley Lu Richardson (Follow, The Last Survivors), Jessica SulaBrad William Henke (Wounds, Altered), and Sebastian Arcelus.

Split (2017) Review

No one knows what it's like to be trapped with an unstable person. It's a horror that is hard to describe. You never know what they might do or when they might snap. It's a constant fear and anxiety, never knowing when the next outburst will happen. You try to reason with them, but it's never enough. They are always on the verge of losing control, and you never know what will trigger them. You must walk on eggshells, always careful not to say or do anything that will set them off. It's exhausting and draining, both physically and emotionally. It's a living nightmare, and you cannot escape the constant terror. You never know when they will lash out or what will set them off. All you can do is try to survive each day, hoping that this nightmare will end someday.
Split is a terrifying transformation for James McAvoy in multiple roles and presents M. Night Shyamalan returning to his iconic thrilling cinematography after making a comeback with the 2015's hit movie, The Visit.
The film it's a masterful tribute to the Hitchcockian thrillers with the psychological horror genre being taken to another level of inner fights and unbelievable madness; and also giving us a creepy perspective of therapy sessions from the eyes of a lovely and intellectual psychiatrist.
The astounding leading actor, James McAvoy, does an excellent and brave job of showing, compellingly, the multiple faces of his character. I praised McAvoy's ability to switch characters in a particular scene towards the end of the film, where a terrifying transformation follows a well-done and funny meeting room to show us that there is no need to apply special effects to present a hulking monster, just acting, on the very pure essence of the actor, who brings to the screen a physically powerful and wild force, which I call "the darkness inside of humankind. "
Director Shyamalan returned to what he loves to do, to the creepy essence that made him so popular with The Sixth Sense, where he uses low-budget horror archetypes to create his stunning mythology. The suspense is found in the captive and tortured teenagers, where one, Anya Taylor-Joy's coming-of-age character, stands out enormously in her grounded perspective of reality, analyzing the situations they are going through, looking for how to overcome them calmly and efficiently.
The realistic representations of childhood sexual abuse and dissociative identity disorder, both their origins and their consequences, are accurate enough, clinically and psychologically speaking, to make anyone more aware of this frightening and worrying reality. The film is set in a place not satisfactory for claustrophobics, and you can even begin to feel claustrophobia, too, if you don't suffer from it earlier. However, the shots demonstrate excellent handling of camera angles, their positive effects on the viewers, and the emotions they manifest when watching this magnificent movie.

Worth Watching? 

I recommend watching this fantastic movie. It's an inner journey into the psyche of a tripod of characters that the director presents us with (A broken man, a traumatized young girl, and a brilliant and adorable older woman willing to help, no matter the cost). The film mixes psychological horror with suspense in an efficient way that will leave us speechless and in awe. This is a movie that I recommend watching several times to understand fully; even every time I see it, I discover new details.

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