2016 **** 117 mins.
With 2015's The Visit, viewers and critics saw a spark, that M. Night Shyamalan might just be returning to his former glory. After a string of flops, from The Happening to After Earth, with the abhorrent Last Airbender in there, also, I think most of the film world had given up hope that we'd ever see a good film from the brilliant mind behind Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense. The Visit met to some pretty positive reviews, almost as though Shyamalan was testing the waters before exploding on the scene with Split just a year later. Split is a riveting film about three young girls who are taken captive by a man with at least 23 different personalities. James McAvoy is absolutely spellbinding as that man, effortlessly shifting from one personality to the next with the skill of a truly gifted actor. You just have to look at his face in any given scene, and you know which personality has "taken the light." For an actor to have his facial expressions down to so fine a point that he can get practically entirely different characters across is truly remarkable, and it's a shame that McAvoy didn't receive a plethora of awards for his performance in this film. It's definitely a film to be watched over and over again, but only after you've seen Shyamalan's 2000 film, Unbreakable. Trust me, it makes sense.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Digital)
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language.
Written and Directed by
M. Night Shyamalan