M. Night Shyamalan has been a mystery to many. He first exploded onto the scene with his horror classic Sixth Sense and continued with a string of successful movies like Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village then quickly took a nosedive into mediocrity with critically panned flops like Lady in the Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender.
Once touted as the Next Spielberg, Shyamalan had a mini-resurgence with the found footage horror The Visit. And now, the director is back with his next thriller Split. The film stars James McAvoy as Kevin, a man with multiple personality disorder housing 23 personalities inside his body. The thriller will deal with Kevin trying to break free of all his other personalities.
The trailer has a downright Hitchcockian flavour to it. The initial scenes surely reminded me of parts of Hitchcock’s classic horror Psycho (the music throughout helps the cause too!). The story is interesting, McAvoy peaks my interest, and the trailer is well made too. This after a very long time could be Shyamalan’s true return as a strong storyteller.
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The film also stars Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy.
Split opens in theaters on January 20, 2017.
Here’s the official plot synopsis 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.
For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.