Haley Joel Osment saw the dead in The Sixth Sense at first not all what it seemed.In M. Night Shyamalan‘s Split James McAvoy may look like your generic psycho kidnapper until you watch the first UK trailer and meet his 23 other personalities…
From kids who speak to the dead, mermaids in your pool or apologising to rubber plants to prevent the apocalypse nothing is straightforward when it comes to Shyamalan’s films. Everything looked great with Sixth Sense but after that his films flopped at the box office with a few exceptions. The Visit gave us all some hope that some of that old magic is still there and maybe horror could be the genre is his best genre. The one thing I’ve always been impressed with the director is his ability to throw in an unexpected twist and it looks like Split may have a few up his sleeve!
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Hopefully this will be a continuation of Shyamalan’s recent resurgence and The Visit did help him critically as well cinephiles take him seriously once again. What this looks like is an extraordinary performance from James McAvoy as we can easily say it’s not easy playing 23 different people. Could a few of the personalities easy going an help the abducted girls?
Split is set for 20th January 2017 UK&Irish Cinemas with Jessica Sula, and Haley Lu Richardson.