|It ain't just a headache anymore|
After a fun filled day at the mall, a girl and her friends are kidnapped and locked in an underground dungeon by a guy in drag, a nine year old boy, a mentally handicapped man, and an unseen many more. The funny thing is though, that they're all the same guy! As the girls plan they're escape, they discover more and more about this schizophrenic, and realize that darker intentions are at play. "The Beast is real!"
My Prediction- The name, "M. Night Shyamalan" used to mean something intriguing at one time (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable). It's been a very long time since then. James McAvoy (Wanted) looks to put on a one man tour-de-force of a performance, yet I'm worried that his work could get drowned in a sea of weak story. Split will not be a Piece Of Shit, However M. Night has a lot to prove since that homicidal plant vibe of a turd, The Happening.
Mike's Take -
Three girls get abducted by a stranger with an interesting quirk. He happens to have Multiple Personality Disorder, to the Nth degree. James McAvoy plays the "Split" characters that run the gamut from a young boy to a prim and proper lady, and all are waiting for "the Beast" to arrive.
I've seen three of M. Night Shyamalan's movies, well... two, this will be the third movie of his. I've seen (dead people) The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, both are movies that I've really enjoyed and since then, I have avoided his films. Let's face it Night hasn't had a successful run in many years. Now that doesn't mean that he's not a good director or writer. To me it means that he's trying to at least branch out and do different things that are interesting, thematically, to him. It just doesn't seem to pan out that it's a commercial or critical success.
I don't have high hopes for Split. I like McAvoy and the premise seems to be really good. But with Night's past movies (and Avatar), I just don't think it's going to be a movie anyone cares about. My biggest fear is that he got this idea from watching the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch, when he played and went into "Beast Mode". I mean, seriously, that's the vibe I get. "Oh, what a great idea, beast mode, let's run with that", yes, that pun was intended.
I don't think it's going to be a piece of shit, but it's going to be disappointing. Proving yet again that Night needs to do the Matt Damon thing and make main stream movies for studios, so he can use that money to make his indie movies.
PG-13 | 1h 57min | Horror, Thriller | 20 January 2017 (USA)
Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson