Direction: M Night Shyamalan
Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
Music: West Dylan Thordson
Cinematographer: Mike Gioulakis
Editor: Luke Franco Ciarrocchi
Genre: Thriller, Horror
What is it about: It’s a psychological thriller, which follows a man with 23 different personalities, and how it turns out lethal in the life of three teenagers kidnapped by him forms the crux of the story directed by M.Night Shyamalan.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Etching out one character might be simple but splitting that one in to 23 different variations is something to applaud for. That’s right Night Shyamalan’s new offering has all the elements you require for a thriller which haunts the creep out of you.
As distinctive this film is, the characters chosen to play the respective roles were perfectly placed in right definition. James McAvoy does a great job in displaying erratic qualities of each character. There’s no room for complaint or disappointment. He did it so well, that the reflection was uncanny. Exceptional performance by James McAvoy.
Then there was Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey, she did a great job and a very commendable one, to follow the footsteps of James.
The supporting characters Betty Buckley as Dr.Karen Fletcher was an apt one, which brought a genuine feel to it. And not to forget Jessica and Haley who played the right amount of teen which was perfect for the SPLIT.
The cinematography was mind blowing which narrates a story of its own and gets deep under the skin of the characters. It was intense and up close, brilliant work by Mike Gioulakis. So was the editing, which was cut throat by Luke Franco Ciarrocchi. A thriller of this sort required an eerie soundtrack and West Dylan fulfilled the need perfectly. The sound design was perfect which catches you off guard at few places in the film.
Verdict: Night Shyamalan has a penchant for crazy and he can explore the boundaries of it. Always criticized but never cease to creep you out. A perfect blend of thriller which grows on you as it travels. Definitely worth a watch, don’t miss this one and catch it at a well-equipped cinema.