Split (2016) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson
Rated: PG-13/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available Universal Studios
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has revealed 23 personalities to his psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, 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.
While some call The Visit M. Night Shyamalan’s return to form, I have to believe that Split turns out to be his best film since perhaps Unbreakable. Here we see the story of a man with 23 personalities kidnap girls and hold them hostage for what he says is “The Beast” a personality that not even his shrink has seen before. As he holds these girls hostage we see different personalities in the act and we also get the backstory of one particular girl he has named Case, played by Anya Taylor-Joy who most of us will remember from The Witch. The girl’s story mixed with the unknown of just what will come next and if there is or isn’t a beast personality is what carries this movie from start to finish. You know with Shyamalan you are going to get a twist, but here we seem to get a couple key reveals as well as what I’d call a big small twist and a big twist, just make sure you keep watching at the end when the Split titles screen pops up.
James McAvoy might be an actor that most will remember from the newer X-Men movies but Split really tests his reach and range as an actor and I’m happy to report that he more than passes in his role. He’s at times a sympathetic character and at others, you can also hope the worst happens to him. You never know what you will get in an M. Night Shyamalan movie but this one seems to at least offer up all the good things from his films without any of the eye rolling moments you’ve come to see in more recent films. I hope we see more of this M. Night Shyamalan in movies he’ll be making after Split. Split is a movie that walks a line between thriller, drama, and horror, but I think it more than finds the right mix of all of those things to be a very solid movie.
– Alternate Ending
– Deleted Scenes
– The Making of Split
– The Many Faces of James McAvoy
– The Filmmaker’s Eye: M. Night Shyamalan
Quality of Transfer: 98%