‘Split’ reaction for new horror flick with rather revealing trailer
Every movie trailer risks revealing too much of the plot, and “Split,” directed by M. Night Shyamalan, isn’t any different. This movie turns out to be great, but I do feel as if the trailer gives most of the intriguing moments of the movie away. I was disappointed by this because I already knew what was going to happen in certain parts which took away the surprise.
Kevin Wendell Crumb, played by James McAvoy, suffers from dissociative identity disorder, a disorder that causes a person to have multiple, distinct personalities. As a child, Kevin was left by his father and later violently abused by his mother. In order to avoid the pain he felt, he created 23 distinct personalities. Kevin not only has a psychological change in each switch but a physical one as well. One personality can have obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, and the other could need insulin shots. The film only introduces the viewers to four of the personalities, which are Dennis, Patricia, Hedwig, and Barry. Dennis and Patricia, the two dominant personalities call themselves The Horde.
Other movies take a while to get to the point, but “Split” immediately jumps into the thrill.
The thriller begins with three teenage girls at a birthday party who are then abducted by The Horde. The Horde has the idea that these three girls can help bring out the 24th personality, The Beast. The girls all try to escape, but Casey, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, the protagonist, is the only one who can stay calm and thinks clearly about what they can do in the situation. Throughout the suspense, the audience is shown glimpses of Casey’s childhood. We learn that Casey had been taught to hunt by her father, making us think that this is why she can have a militaristic mind.
The acting of McAvoy leaves a strong impression on the viewers. He does a great job of portraying each personality. It feels as if each personality is a different character played by a different actor.
The score works well because it does its job in creating suspense, keeping you at the edge of your seat. At certain parts of the movie, the music will gradually speed up in intensity for a thrilling feeling for viewers. For example when Casey looks through the keyhole from the room she is locked in, she sees a woman, only to find out it is Kevin wearing women’s clothing due to it being another personality. During this scene the music creates that feeling when she looks through that keyhole, making you wonder what she is about to see.
Some personalities are less intense than others, thus providing a comedic release for the audience.
The visuals are kept subtle with darker lighting to set the suspenseful mood. The only time you will see bright colors is when the childlike personality, Hedwig, steps into “the light.”
The thrill and excitement keeps drawing you in. Each jump scare makes your heart skip a beat, and your body is glued to the seat and hands gripping the armrests. Although some of the main moments were ruined by the trailer, I still recommend that people go out to watch “Split.”