The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He embarks on an adventure with a street smart girl to discover how he came to be.
When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them. Written by
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (M. Night Shyamalan): [Acting in his own films]: Director M. Night Shyamalan appears in the movie as Jai, the fast-food loving concierge of the apartment building where Dr. Fletcher works. They look at the security cameras after Barry leaves after their appointment. See more »
When Dr. Fletcher receives the first email from Kevin, the subject reads "We need you." However, when she opens the email, it says "No subject" in the subject line. See more »
You like to make fun of us, but we are more powerful than you think.
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The end credits are shown in 24 frames in the background of the scrolling credits to simulate the 24 different personalities that Kevin has in the movie. See more »
Okay, at this point I've become convinced Mr. Night Shyamalan is either a visitor from another planet or a Terminator-esque cybernetic organism. For two decades his movies have attempted to impersonate the films of true humans, but they are oddly written imperfect interpretations because his brain chemistry is radically different from our own.
Not a single line in "Split" is something that a human being would ever actually say. The screenplay is a hair-tearing mind-boggling mess. Confusion gives way to anger and then utter madness as you listen to increasingly bonkers dialog and observe characters behaving stupider and stupider. And then the film continues another 90 minutes.
The direction, editing, and cinematography are all nearly as insane. When the film isn't lingering 12 seconds too long on panning camera shot after panning camera shot it's frenetically jumping back and forth between characters and story lines, halting all momentum and throwing pacing and tension out the window every time.
Split was sold on the performance of Mr. James McAvoy as 24 different roles, and judging by the box office impact vs. budget and the high ratings, the hype seems to have worked. I'll agree he's the high point of the film (and the reason for the one additional star I managed to tack on) but I'm compelled to say I was slightly underwhelmed - he spends the majority of the running time as just 3 or 4 personalities, and we only ever get a glimpse at 2 or 3 more, effectively making the whole "24" thing purely a marketing tactic (and a bit of false advertising).
The acting by the remainder of the cast is awful across the board. Anya Taylor-Joy manages to come out the least scathed by simply staring blankly into the middle distance for the entirety of the film, but the other two girls are laughably horrendous. Betty Buckley flounders through her role and while she's universally terrible it's difficult to know whether to blame her or the batsh*t directing and writing as she's expected to deliver some of the worst dialog ever put on screen.
By the end the whole affair devolves into a hilarious dumpster fire the likes of which we've seen in "The Happening" but by then it's far too late to find any sort of enjoyment in the spectacle. I can't recommend this to anyone.
Mr. Night, please return to your home planet. We're all very tired.
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