7.31 h 59 min2017X-RayPG-13
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate the others.
M. Night Shyamalan
James McAvoyAnya Taylor-JoyBetty Buckley
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Haley Lu RichardsonJessica Sula
M. Night ShyamalanJason BlumMarc Bienstock
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MelissaBReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Uncomfortable scenes of kidnapped teenage girls - Not in the plot summary
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I didn't do much research into this movie. I liked several M. Night. Shayalaman movies in the past and I wanted to see how the third movie was going to tie the original 2 characters back together with the addition of this 3rd. That meant I needed to watch this first.

No where in the plot summary base review did it mention that several young teenage girls were going to be kidnapped and ...something. I say something because after they were kidnapped and put into some kind of "unsafe" room with beds and a bathroom, I didn't want to watch any more and neither did my husband. We turned it off not too far into the movie. After he literally dragged one of them off screen behind a closed door....I don't want to watch a grown man kidnap and hurt teenage girls for the sake of "drama" or "entertainment". This is the kind of stuff that feeds people ideas that they don't need to dwell on. Some things should not be marketed as entertainment. Elizabeth Smart would probably agree that these insane desires do not need to be "fed" by Hollywood. I'm pretty ashamed I funded this.

I watched the first part of this movie and I saw that it was enacting in reality, the fantasy of a man who targeted young girls for some evil acts. Most people will identify with victims - the fear of the kidnapping, the fight or flight response, the problem solving process of getting out of danger. However, there are people - and more than you think - that would identify with the attacker. He exhibited strategy, detail planning, calm focus, determination, control to the point of domination, and an implied sexual assault. There are enough true crime cases to show that this is not an obscure, hypothetical, or even rare scenario somewhere in the wide world, or your country, or your hometown even. This movie isn't featuring a digitized impossibility as seen in other M.Night. Shyamalan movies - it is giving you a voyeur front row seat to an act, and although you are not actively participating, you are “in the room”. It’s an adrenaline movie, and you will identify with either the victim or the attacker. Most behavior scientists will tell you that watching “is” participating.

If you had to put a number to it, how many people in your town might be identifying with the attacker? 10, 50, 100, 1000? I can answer this for you with a minimum number. According to the National Sex Offender Registry, there are 750,000 registered sex offenders in the United States. Of those, nearly 400,000 involved crimes against children. That is 750,000 people who could not control the fantasies of their minds – and those are only the ones we know of with actual convictions. Sure, there “may be” some extenuating circumstances to some of those cases, but again, these are the only “knowns”. Sure, if you divide 750,000 by the adult population of the United States (approximately 210,000,000) you come up with a measly 0.4%. That should scare you a bit, because it means for every 1000 people around you, 4 of them can’t make this separation from fictional fantasy (or “acting”). They themselves will become the actors and the environments around them the stage.

Movies like this feed 750,000 people in this country. This is not something you want to nurture by giving it “artistic expression”. Call it what it is – this movie feeds the monsters…maybe even starts the process of making new ones.

C.S. Lewis once wrote, ““Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”

He isn't wrong, isn he? So, if this movie were shown to this 750,000 people, would the very act of watching this movie be the "trivial indulgence"...leading to "attacks otherwise impossible".
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Matthew ShortReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Do not buy the digital copy if you haven't seen it! It has an intro that plays that spoils the whole film!
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Amazing movie, but do not buy the digital copy of you haven't seen it because for some reason they play a trailer for the alternate ending at the beginning that completely soils the majority of the film before you watch it! I have no idea why they would do this, and am very annoyed by it. I won't let this terrible studio decision ruin my review for a movie that I loved. But fair warning
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Matthew GrantReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
MUCH better than what I had expected!
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My wife was like "I want to watch this Split movie" and when the credits started and I saw it was an M. Night Shyamalan film, I was like "OH NO!!!" To be fair, you never know what you're going to get with him, other than it will be peculiar and will have a twist that will either take the movie to the next level (6th Sense, Unbreakable), or (frequently) cause you to groan like you just heard the worst pun ever (Signs, The Village, that one with Marky Mark). That said, this was surprisingly enjoyable. James McAvoy gives a stellar performance as a multitude of characters contained in one man with DID (dissociative identity disorder or "split personalities"), sometimes playing personalities that are pretending to be others. Without getting spoilery, Shyamalan lets it play out like the thriller style movie that it is, but wallops you with a big payoff twist at the very, very, VERY end. It made me very happy.
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DigitedReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
What if you didn't know you don't exist?
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There are so many layers to this movie that people just don't get. Immediately upon finishing, I started it over from the beginning just to reassess my thinking of it's intent. It's not what it looks like, it's not what it seems, and one really has to look at the film from the "main" character's perspective and relational thought. Who is the main character? Ask yourself that before you judge this film. Are the supporting characters real or splits? Ask yourself that. Don't judge this film from a black and white perspective or known science vs. conventional thought. Schizophrenia and split personality disorder symptoms are far from easy to chart and gauge for those that actually suffer. This is a beautiful film that really delves. Of course it's not absolutely perfect but it's close enough to get five stars. The majority of acting is great, cinematography and attention to detail is well done, and the story is the mystery in itself.
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AtlangelReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
M. Night Shyamalan is back!!
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Wow!!! With pleasure, I found that M. Night Shyamalan made a triumphant return with this mind bending thriller! Like many, I was totally blown away by "The Sixth Sense". So much so, that I faithfully went to see his subsequent offerings. I regret that none of them came close to his Awesome first work! "Unbreakable" was the only one to come close. [Keep that in mind. :-) ] My heart went out to him because I realize how difficult it is for anyone to top themselves, when their first effort was earth shaking!! Thankfully, Mr. Shyamalan did not give up. He kept searching and has truly come back with lightning in his hands!!! Actor, James McAvoy undoubtedly should win several awards for his performance! What he pulls off is nothing short of Outstanding, Awesome and Extraordinary! This film runs the gamet of emotions elicited from the viewer: terror, sadness, shock, pity and more. You will welcome "multiple" viewings of this slick film because there is much to be discovered and learned. Still shaking...
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ReviewReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
A Disappointing Film Despite Having So Much Potential
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Split is extraordinarily too long for the subject matter of one individual who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has abducted three teen age girls, keeping them in captivity as his 23 personalities limp along. The presented case is certainly fascinating and should have proved to be great fodder for the Shyamalan story-telling treatment, but he spends just too much time covering the same ground in scene after scene as if his priority was to make a film lasting 117 minutes rather than tell a story with some respect for the audience's time and patience in mind. This film is terribly, horribly verbose. Here is a metaphor to think of: a one dish all you can eat Indian buffet that serves only samosas.
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ShaneReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely NOT a twist ending
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Okay, right off the bat I have to say this. Split does NOT have a twist ending, unlike what you have heard. There is so much buzz about the ending of this film that I feel it won't do anyone any good to have an expectation of a twist ending when, in fact, there is none. So why is everyone talking about it? Well, the fact is that some people can't tell the difference between a plot twist and a simple teaser. By the time we supposedly see this "twist" ending, the plot is fully resolved. And I mean fully. What we do see is a teaser of a film to come, and a subtle reveal that this was an origin story tied very loosely to a previous film and one that will be fully revealed in a forthcoming film. You almost want to forget you knew this coming into the film, because as a stand alone work this is an excellent movie that shines high above its predecessor. This is a film of dark psychological horror, not very original in its premise, but brought to life wonderfully by the fine acting of its stars. The plot is lean and linear for once, and the ending is fully satisfactory. This is a film that in my opinion does not need to be connected to anything else because it is fully complete in its own right. Will this new villain fit well with the M. Night Shyamalan super hero universe? Is he diabolical enough for a super villain? Or does he act out of his own past trauma? Does he want to take over the world, or does he simply need a hug? Shyamalan has been guilty of mixing elements that don't mesh well before. Sometimes even to good effect. What will we get in the final movie? My heart is rooting for a great film but my sixth sense is telling me otherwise.
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Richard S.Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mind bending story with excellent acting from McAvoy
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There is a lot of talk this year M. Night Shaymalan and Blumhouse productions, due to the release of a couple really good horror flicks this year. The movie everyone is hot for is "Get Out" (also reviewed by me). Which is very good. Somehow Split is not getting the same kind of talk, and in my opinion is the better of the two movies. As the title indicates, this is a movie regarding multiple personalities, but with the typical Shaymalan twist coming towards the end. What makes this film stand out is the acting of James McAvoy. I have always enjoyed his performances, but this role puts him in a new category of actors, and his performance is truly spellbinding. I kid you not, he deserves an Oscar for this performance; however, I fully expect him to be overlooked simply because this is a "Horror" flick. Lots of twists and turns and tense moments. This one will actually keep you guessing, unlike so many of Shaymalan's lesser works, this one hearkens back to The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, and if you are a fan you will get a kick out of the tie in to a previous film. A sequel is guaranteed, but I highly recomend seeing this one.
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