Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all of the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him -- as well as everyone around him -- as the walls between his compartments shatter.Written by
Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan cast James McAvoy after a chance meeting with him at Comic-Con where McAvoy had recently completed X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and his hair was still little more than scalp stubble. During the course of the conversation with the soft-spoken man, Shyamalan began to realize that he'd found his leading man, and he would be bald, have no makeup, and look just like McAvoy. See more »
When young Casey Cooke was in a make-shift hunting blind learning to hunt, it was obviously in the fall time because the ground was fully covered with colored leaves that had fallen from the trees. In the same scene, you can clearly see that all of the trees had thick green leaves on them indicating that it was not that late in the fall season. See more »
[about Casey standing over in the corner]
That's what happens when you do a mercy invite.
I believed you wanted to invite everyone.
Dad, I can't invite everyone in my art class except for one person without social networking evidence inflicting more pain on that person than was intended. And I'm not a monster.
I'm proud of you. I think.
She gets detention a lot and she yells at teachers sometimes. There was that rumor that went around that she just kept running away from home.
Um, maybe ...
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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 »
Written and Performed by Ennio Morricone
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Movie Overall Could Have Been So Much Better, But McAvoy is Astounding
James McAvoy gives what could have potentially been an award-worthy performance if it had appeared in a different film.
He plays a man with multiple personalities who kidnaps three young girls as a part of a plot two of the personalities have hatched to unleash a powerful and unstoppable identity. Betty Buckley, in a better performance than the role necessarily needed, plays a therapist working with him and who begins to unravel the alarming plot. Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, who hasn't made a movie I've wanted to see since "Signs," crafts a nifty and effective thriller with three fourths of his film, and then sort of if not completely ruins it by taking his idea too far and pushing the supernatural elements to the point where we realize we're not even watching the same kind of movie we were at the beginning. This particular story, and especially McAvoy's performance, would have been compelling enough without Shyamalan's characteristic inability to understand when he's ruining his own premise.
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