M. Night Shyamalan: SPLIT

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers!

I recently went out to the theater to see a movie I have been excited to see since I first saw the trailer. SPLIT. The trailer grabbed me immediately when I saw it and I knew I had to see it. This film is the 12th feature film from director M. Night Shyamalan. (The same man who brought us, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Visit).

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), 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.

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In my opinion this film was fantastic, I was completely pulled into the story. Something I want to talk about is actually what happened after the story. At the end of the film there is a small scene in a cafe with a tv showing news coverage of what had happened during the film. A security guard over hears someone talking about the name of the man in split being “The horde” and that they had heard that name before, years back. The security guard corrects them and says “That was Mr. Glass”. This security guard was played by Bruce Willis.

This scene connects the worlds of Split and M. Night’s previous film, Unbreakable. This will bring on another film with the two, Willis and McAvoy, playing against each other. M. Night has talked about this in other interviews and confirms that they are in the same world.

The interesting thing he mentions is that “the horde” was actually a main character in the original script of Unbreakable. During the script editing process for unbreakable he decided that the dynamic between Mr. Glass and Bruce willis’s character was a perfect fit and didn’t need the horde. M. Night saved and held onto this character until he could find a way to use him, that’s where SPLIT came from.

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In these interviews about this they are asking about there being a third movie in this trilogy and he confirms this. The next question is always, “is it going to be called unbreakable 2? or SPLIT 2?”, and M. Night’s answer is perfect. He believes that the third film should absolutely be able to live on its on and not be dependent on the first or second film. That is how he made SPLIT. It is an independent movie that stands on its own because he knew that the newer audience of 2016 would have been too young to have seen unbreakable in 2000.

I love that he is making these films that way. I think one of the worst things you can do in making sequels and trilogies is to make them dependent of the previous ones, i.e. Matrix reloaded, Matrix Revolutions.

What are your thoughts on the film if you’ve seen it? What do you think about the way M. Night crosses over the universes between his films? Comment below!!

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