Split stars the versatile James McAvoy (back with a bald head again, after X-Men Apocalypse) as Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, including a 9-year-old boy called Hedwig. He abducts three teenage girls under one guise, then in another tells them, “Don’t worry, he’s not allowed to touch you. He knows what you’re here for.” Reassuring(!!)
Eventually, a final personality – “The Beast” – will materialise…
Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan, who’s best known for his feature-length debut The Sixth Sense, for which I had the twist spoiled prior to watching it – although you can still view it from the other side of the coin and get into it that way, I found it merely okay. I later saw Unbreakable, but didn’t go a bundle on that. Since then, I haven’t seen any of his films as I haven’t been grabbed by them, but McAvoy’s always worth a watch.
Split also stars Haley Lu Richardson, Brad William Henke and Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and is released in the UK on January 20th 2017, so clearly casting an eye towards the forthcoming Oscars/BAFTAs.
Check out the trailer below and click on the top image for the full-size version.
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