A Splitacular Review

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Split was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and was released in theaters on January 20. Split, starring James McAvoy, has earned almost $100 million since its release with a $9 million budget.

From the first scene of the movie to the end, this horror film was exciting. The plot follows three teenage girls (played by Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, and Anya Taylor-Joy) who get kidnapped by Dennis (James McAvoy), one of Kevin Crumb’s 23 different personalities. They are then taken to an underground room where Dennis locked them up. There, they meet three of Kevin’s personalities; Patricia, Hedwig, and Dennis. These personalities warn them about the possibility of Kevin’s 24th personality known as “the beast”. The girls try to create a plan to escape in time before the beast is unleashed. Can they do it in time?

Although this movie was a major hit for Shyamalan, mental health professionals worry that this movie will create some problems with people who are suffering from dissociative identity disorder. “You are going to upset and potentially exacerbate symptoms in thousands of people who are already suffering,” says psychiatrist Garrett Marie Deckel, a dissociative identity disorder specialist.

 Isaac Balbuena, BPHS junior, commented, “I heard about this movie and I’m so interested to watch it. I really want to see how the character switches personalities. It’s kind of creepy but seems cool.” Some argue that this movie may be a bit confusing if you haven’t seen any other movies by the director (Shyamalan), but if you have seen them, this movie is like a cool sequel.

I rate this movie 4 out of 5 stars. Overall, it was super unpredictable and suspenseful to watch in the theaters. The ending has a big surprise that I did not expect.

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