Split - 3 Stars
James McAvoy shines in the new Shyamalan thriller.
Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
The great thing about this film is it doesn't go over-the-top on the horrific elements. It chooses carefully what the viewer needs to see, this builds tension quickly and tension is exactly what keeps the audience tuned into the film. Anya Taylor-Joy is brilliant in the film, as is Betty Buckley.
The visuals are extraordinary and the cinematography is hardly conventional, but it helps to convey the message of fear. It is one of Shyamalan’s best films in a while and stay for the twist, because it’s worth it! Though, keep in mind that while there has been lots of media and critical hype it is still a cheap thriller with a great performance. There are so many superb Oscar contenders at the cinemas right now I would not make this a priority.
Overall it’s a good thriller that demonstrates how talented James McCoy is and nothing more.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment