Film Review – Split (2017)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

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  1. Top Movie says:

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  2. I can’t wait to see this movie! As an aspiring psychologist I can be a little wary of movies that depict mental disorders, but this one looks really interesting. James McAvoy has done really well in all his movies so far, so I can’t wait to see him shake it up. I appreciate the no-spoilers policy!

    • MovieBabble says:

      I was a little apprehensive how they were going to take the mental disorder as well, but with how the movie ended up it made how they treated it completely okay, great even!

  3. tayahmay says:

    I went to see the movie Split and I loved it! The message was very powerful. “The broken are the more evolved.” Only a couple things tripped me up: the moment when Dennis placed the flowers down, and the ending. Though, I think the flowers were placed down to symbolize the death of Kevin’s body only having 23 identities and birth of the beast, and a symbol for the lives that the beast would soon take. I find it strange that the security guards didn’t investigate what was going on when the girl talked to them over the walkie talkie. Also, the fact that the train was empty was strange. But above all, I give this movie a thumbs up.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I think that’s one of those things where if you focus too hard on something you can break down a movie. They need to stage something to make the plot work! If security guards came down, maybe the movie is 30 minutes long lol

      • tayahmay says:

        Lol you make a good point. It wouldn’t be a movie anymore

      • MovieBabble says:

        I try to look at movies with a sense of plausible deniability because (for the most part) it is very staged except for the rare exception like last year’s Moonlight

      • tayahmay says:

        That’s a good way to analyze them. I’m taking an Introduction to Film class and it really puts the effort of planning into perspective. Even the camera angles say something about how staged everything really is. I haven’t seen Moonlight. I’ll have to check it out. Is it that good?

      • MovieBabble says:

        It’s definitely a “critics movie” in that it’s Oscar bait, but it feels like your a fly on the wall while watching a kid grow up. Super realistic!

      • tayahmay says:

        Awesome! I’m gonna watch it and let you know my thoughts.

  4. Jake says:

    I agree, James McAvoy gave a phenomenal performance. There is more than one scene where he switches between the personalities so flawlessly- i’m surprised he was able to keep the personas straight, especially with each identity having different accents and tones. I wasn’t too impressed with the film overall, and thought The Visit was a much better Shyamalan movie. It just wasn’t scary.

    Unrelated to Split, but, are you guys excited to see Rings? After watching Split, I need something much scarier to fill the void.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I don’t think Split was necessarily intended to be a horror movie but rather a thriller with some creepy elements. I think you’d like the movie more in that frame of mind! I’m a little skeptical of Rings since its gone through some delays, but I have my fingers crossed!

  5. Me and my dad read a review on this movie in the paper and thought it looked interesting, and we didn’t even recognize McAvoy in the photo they included (we’ve only seen him as Professor X lol). Also, thanks for the follow! If you don’t mind my asking, how’d you find my blog?

  6. Sam Ruck says:

    For those of us with a loved one who has d.i.d., it’s very discouraging that Hollywood is increasingly using this disorder as a cute plot twist. I may try to see this movie, but it’s tiring that the disorder continues to be used for the new super-killer narrative. Maybe that’s not where this movie goes, as I haven’t seen it, but the non-stop commercials I see for it make me guess that’s where it’s going. I have never felt unsafe living with my wife: all of her alters, and each one of them has been a wonderful addition to my family and marriage, though dealing with their pain and trauma is admittedly very taxing..

    • MovieBabble says:

      I was very nervous that the movie was going to mark all people with D.I.D. As monsters too. However I felt that they handled it okay for the story told. They go into that maybe people with the condition are more evolved and play with that throughout the story. That being said I have zero experience with D.I.D. And would never attempt to speak from an area of expertise. I was judging the movie from purely a piece of entertainment so if you feel offended then I sincerely apologize!

      • Sam Ruck says:

        No need to apologize. I can understand excitement if this kind of movie is your thing…it’s just unfortunate that this disorder is becoming increasingly used by Hollywood for thrillers and horrors. My wife refuses to ‘come out’ to more than me and our son and her counselor because of how Hollywood and the media caricature people with the disorder. The disorder is really NOT how it’s portrayed, though I have read other reviews that say the movie at least tried to give a more thorough treatment than is often given to the disorder. From our experience, once I helped the new girls heal and join our family, they have been a truly wonderful addition to our family and even my marriage…but it takes a lot of support that most sufferers never get, sadly.

      • MovieBabble says:

        You’re a lot stronger than me that’s for sure!

  7. I saw Split last night and actually wrote a review on it, too. Though I don’t hate Shyamalan’s less popular works as much, I agree that Split was fantastic. I, too, think McAvoy deserves Oscar consideration, but, like you said, that’s not likely to happen (sadly). We can hope…

  8. Woody says:

    I loved this movie! And yes M. Night is back. Great review my friend!

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