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Split (2016)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 20 January 2017 (USA)
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Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, they must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

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Dennis / Patricia / Hedwig / The Beast / Kevin Wendell Crumb / Barry / Orwell / Jade
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Five-Year-Old Casey (as Izzie Leigh Coffey)
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Casey's Father
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Mr. Benoit
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News Anchor
Ann Wood ...
Game Show Enthusiast
Robert Michael Kelly ...
Joe
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Jai, Hooters Lover
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Kevin's Mother
Jerome Gallman ...
Vince, Security Guard
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When three girls are kidnapped by a man with 23 different personalities they have to work out which of those personalities will help them escape and which of those personalities will try to stop them. Written by jjmcmanusnbalshiite

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Kevin has 23 distinct personalities. The 24th is about to be unleashed.

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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20 January 2017 (USA)  »

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Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Project  »

Box Office

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,010,975 (USA) (20 January 2017)

Gross:

$126,253,900 (USA) (22 February 2017)
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James McAvoy broke his hand during production. He decided not to tell anyone and continued to shoot for 2 days before finally going to a hospital. See more »

Goofs

When the camera approaches the father putting food in the trunk, you can see the camera crews legs in the reflection in the fender of the car. See more »

Quotes

Kevin: He's done awful things to people and he'll do awful things things to you.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are shown in 24 frames in the background of the scrolling credits to simulate the 24 different personalities that Kevin has in the movie. See more »


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Day You Left Me In September
Written by Harrison Allen, Jr.
Performed by Slam Allen
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
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Split not only has Shyamalan back on the saddle but also rewards fans for their patience in his return to form.
6 February 2017 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

What a terrific comeback for Shyamalan! Many have been vocal that horror writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has been on a downward spiral after having peaked with Unbreakable, his very own superhero origins film. Split sees the continuation of Shyamalan's tryst with the supernatural but also a long awaited rhetoric that this filmmaker was merely waiting for the right moment to resurface. While his last film - The Visit - was predictable but entertaining, Split underscores his storytelling prowess with the high level of creativity that made him a household name in contemporary horror.

Yet fans will concur that Split isn't just a comeback either, rather a tactical setup of Shyamalan's very own cinematic universe. Put literally, the film is about a person with multiple personalities where each personality speaks collectively in full awareness of the rest. Although main character Kevin is said to exhibit 23 personalities, we see just a handful during most of the film. There's Barry, a New York fashionista, Hedwig, a goofy 9-year-old, and darker personalities Patricia and Dennis. Calling themselves The Horde, the latter two have influenced the abduction of three high school girls as a ritualistic sacrifice for the 24th personality often referred to as "The Beast". The girls have limited time before The Beast is unleashed and although paralysed by fear, their escape depends on protagonist Casey's (Anya Taylor-Joy) proactive deconstruct of the good and evil personalities that reside in Kevin. To her advantage and through revelatory flashbacks, we learn that this wouldn't be the first time Casey would confront a monster.

If Edward Norton's dual personalities was chilling in his debut film Primal Fear, wait till you get a load of James McAvoy in what is simply an outstanding performance of versatility (or should I say two dozen performances in one film?). More than just a demanding role to pull off, McAvoy's broad range in this film has also elevated what could have been a familiar antagonist into a nerve wrecking supervillain. Which is why Shyamalan's so called signature twist ending is almost astounding. To be honest there isn't an actual twist in the story, but the ending is an unexpected but seamless integration into a sort of trilogy that will have most viewers gob smacked. It's an inside joke and almost as if Shyamalan is asking if we have you been watching closely, but also an extremely rewarding Easter egg for every true fan of the man. Welcome back Mr. Shyamalan!


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