Movie Review: Split


Makenzy Bozosi, Staff Writer


Split is about Kevin, a man with an extreme case of multiple personality disorder. Kevin’s 23 personalities have to take turn “taking the light,” or being the identity present at the time. Two of his characters, Patricia and Denis, believe in the myth of the “Beast” which is supposed to be the 24th identity. Part of their ritual is to basically wake the beast, you need victims for the beast to eat once woke. Three girls are kidnapped and trapped in a room with no idea what is going to happen. With a series of events, the main girl, Casey, ends up becoming friends with one of the identities, Hedwig, a 9-year-old boy who she tries to use to her advantage and escape. There are a lot of twists and turns and a huge hidden story line throughout the movie.

What I Liked/Disliked:

The acting of James McAvoy, who plays Kevin, the man with 24 different identities, did a very good job executing all different characters. The main girl playing Casey, Anya Taylor-Joy, did a pretty good job about showing fear, yet I feel as if her acting was still kind of bland. The other two girls taken were both not good at playing their parts. Also the hidden story behind the reasoning for his disorder was a very good take-away from the film. There was also a lot of humor with some of the identities that made the movie much better as a whole. The “beast” character took most of the scare factor away from the movie and made it less realistic.

Rotten Tomatoes gave it 73 out of 100, which is very good. The trailer led the movie to be more about the personalities, but it was really more based around the beast and the life of the girl taken. The production turned out very well and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat the whole movie. But I didn’t leave scared. Days after the movie the most talked about part was the scenes containing Hedwig, the 9-year-old identity. His humor made the whole movie much better and had the fear factor as well as the humorous effect.

Overall it was a good movie and the production was as good as it was set up to be