Multiple Personality Disorder is a common film trope, but what happens if 24 (!) different personalities inhabit a body and even change its physiology?
Split won’t make you guess who is the villain, but rather when they’re going to attack.
When it comes to thrillers and horror movies I prefer those with good, interesting storylines and less gore – bonus points if it’s a Psychological Thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. The latest M. Night Shyamalan movie takes the mentally ill psychopath even further with a theory explained by the film’s psychiatrist, stating that multiple personalities can not only live inside but also change a human body. One of the examples given is that a person with multiple personalities (in the film they’re mostly called “identities”) could have high cholesterol or need insulin only when a certain “identity” is active or present. With this principle in mind, Split‘s villain can summon one of their identities, which has evolved to have “superpowers”.
I know, it’s already getting complicated and weird, but after almost two hours of film the theory is much easier to understand. Of course that’s only one side of the film’s story. There’s also the thriller-side, in which three teenage girls are kidnapped and only make things worse, when trying to escape their confinement, etc. But honestly, I was more captivated by the psycho-analytical complexity of the plot – that’s what kept me on the edge of my seat.
Check out the trailer and give the movie a chance – it might not frighten you to the core, but it will make you think about the possibilities and the wonders of the human brain.
Production: Blinding Edge Pictures, Blumhouse Productions.
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan.
Written by: M. Night Shyamalan.
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