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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Split: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Kevin (James McAvoy) is a person with a rare medical condition called dissociative identity disorder. He has 23 different personalities and one who seem to take the lead for the whole pack is Dennis. He is preparing for the arrival of another entity they called as the beast for that he kidnapped three young girls and locked them inside a basement. With the beast on the move, the girls must need to find a way to escape before they are presented as the main dish for his first feast of the demon inside Kevin's body. 

Split is an effective horror feature highlighted by the terrific performance coming from James McAvoy. He managed to bring justice to his different distinctive personalities which carries the weight for the entire film. The  fear is built inside his character where in you'll think thoroughly to the mystery of his unusual split personalities. However, the film can't extent the tension to the maximum level. It has the elements to enhance the suspense, but it aimed to run slowly to a smooth pace. 

M. Night Shyamalan has been a target for the past few years for his disappointing entries and finally; he came up with a decent psychological thriller to announce his return. He makes the most out of it and delivers an outstanding effort and come up with an enjoyable piece of entertainment. Another highlight to the film is Anya Taylor Joy, who once again showcase her talents after proving herself worthy from his past films like Morgan and The Witch. I can't wait to see more of her future projects because she has a lot of potential to become a superstar. 

Overall, Split is a psychological thriller filled with twists and turns with James McAvoy delivering his finest performance yet. It may come up a bit short in providing more excitement and horror, but it is still an enjoyable entry coming from the returning M. Night Shyamalan, who is back for redemption. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars 

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor Joy

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Opens January 18 in cinemas nationwide 


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