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There's a twisted little reveal at the end of M. Night Shyamalan's multiple personalities horror flick, Split -- though, that shouldn't come as a surprise to fans of the director, as an Omg!-worthy twist in the final act of the film has become his calling card in Hollywood. (Which wasn't always the case, as -- twist! -- he also wrote the script for Stuart Little.) As for how it stacks up against the twists of Shyamalan films past, we won't divulge the ending of Split here, but...
Massive spoilers for all other M. Night Shyamalan films ahead.
For Shyamalan's part, his favorite of his twists is in Signs. "I don’t know why, I find it so spiritual," he told Et. "The guy who lost faith and then remembers what his wife said. Then, he looks around the room and sees that his wife was talking about this moment. It always »
James McAvoy acts the hell out of 23 roles in Split, the story of Kevin, a psychiatric patient afflicted with dissociative identity disorder (Did). Actually, the actor introduces us to only a handful of these personalities. Too many "alters," as they're called, might spoil the brew cooked up by writer-director M. Night Shyamalan in one of his best psychological thrillers. In trying to repeat the success of his landmark 1999 scarefest The Sixth Sense, the director has backed himself into a lot of corners involving the mystical beings and surprise endings. Critical reaction has been cruel, »
“I see dead people.”
It was the plot twist heard around the world when writer-director-producer M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense hit theaters in 1999 and surprised everyone with one of the most shocking reveals in cinematic history. The film, starring Bruce Willis and newcomer Haley Joel Osment, earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Shyamalan. It was also a monster success at the box office, grossing over $672 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, and turned Shyamalan into a household name.
Born in India, raised in Pennsylvania and a graduate of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, Shyamalan followed the success of The Sixth Sense with even more twists and turns over the next two decades. 2000’s Unbreakable -- also starring Willis -- 2002’s Signs with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix and 2004’s The Village -- also with Phoenix -- saw the director reach new heights »
Split has it both ways; it is a film that creatively capitalizes on the thriller genre, and an excellent example of the quality and innovation the much-maligned director was initially lauded for. Through directing epic-scale flops (The Last Airbender), smaller passion project horrors (The Visit), and whatever the hell Lady in the Water was, M. Night Shyamalan has definitely sharpened up for its latest effort. Much criticism and analysis has been put forward regarding Shyamalan's declining trajectory of directorial features. He arguably peaked after alien thriller Signs (2002), and despite his involvement in the excellent recent first season of Wayward Pines, his other films have been intensely ridiculed. Although Split can easily be picked apart, it is one of his best films. The director even...
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Surely the world remembers M. Night Shymalan's (Mns) The Sixth Sense. It crept into theaters, and blew most people away with it's twist-ending. Bruce Willis was excellent (isn't he always?) and Haley Joel Osment was still adorable. Then we got Unbreakable. More Bruce Willis, with just a touch of Samuel L. Jackson. Signs did well, but some of the dazzle of Mns' formula was wearing off. The twists were expected, but he did stick Joaquin Phoenix and Mel Gibson together when both were on a career high.
But, then came The Village. The Lady in the Water promised to be a new bedtime story. The Happening had a great trailer, but humans outran the wind. There was a catastrophe he called The Last Airbender. For those of you that still watch Will Smith movies, here's hoping you skipped After Earth. Now, here's where things get interesting: The Visit. »
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