Split (2016) Review

Hello Adventurers!

Sometime last year I watched this film and found it incredibly interesting.  It is put down with an age range of thirteen, however, watching the film, I personally don’t think that I would want my thirteen year old child to watch this.  Although saying that I was watching ‘Law and Order: SVU’ from about that age, so who am I to say.

This film revolves around the ‘villain’, played by James McAvoy, who kidnaps three teenage girls.  The twist (as there always is) is that when these girls come into contact with their kidnapper throughout the film, they don’t know who they going to be speaking to next.  James McAvoy’s character has dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as split personality, however he doesn’t just have the one other personality, he has twenty-three of them!  James McAvoy’s characters kidnap these girls in the hope of bringing forward a twenty-fourth identity which brings on terrifying possibilities.

The three girls who are kidnapped are played by Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula.  Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula play two terrified teenagers who are desperate to leave and get away before James McAvoy can do anything to hurt them or worse, while Anya Taylor-Joy plays a character to quickly figure out that they are there for a reason, and uses this to her advantage to try and escape.

The thing that drew me to the film is, in my opinion, how impressive both James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy play their characters.  There is a back story to Anya Taylor-Joy’s character that allows the audience to see why she is different to the others and this has a big impact on the end of the film.  I cannot speak higher of James McAvoy’s performance, I found it incredible.  There is a scene where he is talking to his therapist and the way he switches from one character to another with such grace and control… I would just watch the film to see that one scene over and over again.

 

If you have or are going to watch this film, please let me know in the comments what you think/thought of it!

 

Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!

See you next time…

 

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