SPLIT stars James McAvoy as Kevin who has dissociative identity disorder, better known as multiple personality syndrome. One of his personalities kidnaps three young women, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula, and takes them to his home. The three try to figure out where they are and make an escape. Kevin’s therapist Dr Fletcher, played by Betty Buckley, can tell something is going on with him and tries to piece together the mystery as well. SPLIT was written and directed by M Night Shyamalan who is known for his twist endings. It was produced by Jason Blum who is behind the production company Blumhouse and movies such as WHIPLASH.
James McAvoy is fantastic creating what seem to be fully realized characters for each of the personalities. It’s obvious he has shifted characters before he even opens his mouth.
Pay attention one of the early lines in the movie that’s said by Haley Lu Richardson, who plays Claire. She declares “I’m not a monster” as a set up to everything that comes next.
For more details about themes in SPLIT, along with some product placement notes and eagle eye details to watch for with M Night Shyamalan’s style of filmmaking, take a look below:
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