Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Out of all eleven movies I really want to watch this is probably the one I was looking forward to the most. The trailer was just so exciting! The pace seemed amazing.
However, it didn’t quite deliver for me.
There were lots of good things. First of all, I believe it is safe to say this is the role of James McAvoy’s lifetime. Even though we only get to see 8 of the 23 (or is it 24?) multiple personalities, what we are presented with is utterly brilliant.
There was depth to the movie. We are told bits of Casey’s past that serve to give important background to the character, even though they are never too obvious.
The tension is palpable in several scenes and you’re constantly on tiptoe, never knowing what comes next.
As in all horror movies there are scenes where you just can’t help wonder what the hell the character is doing. Why didn’t Casey open the car door when she obviously had plenty of time but most of all why Doctor Fletcher didn’t leave the premises when it was obvious Dennis was going to let her, and get proper help for the girls she knew were in danger.
It’s a pet peeve of mine when the trailer features scenes that don’t appear in the movie. In this case, it was Casey saying that the flowers meant they were special.
The film wasn’t very well balanced, in my opinion. The pace that seemed so well accomplished in the trailer just wasn’t. It was quite slow in the beginning and also there were scenes where Dr Fletcher spoke for what felt like forever.
Split was an exciting film but there was much too hype around it. It’s exciting but not mindblowing.