“Split” : He is coming for you!

M. Night Shyamalan’s intense new thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat.

James McAvoy plays the main character, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The portrayal has caused some backlash from people who actually have the disorder.


James McAvoy plays the main character, who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The portrayal has caused some backlash from people who actually have the disorder.

Kevon Elzey, Staff Writer

Three teenage girls go about their day like usual. They sit and wait in the car for the father of one of the girls to finish putting away gift bags in the trunk. One of them, sitting in the front passenger seat, looks at the rear view mirror and notices something was not right. The door on the driver’s side opens then closes. All three girls look to the driver seat, but notice it is an unfamiliar, middle-aged man. The girls in the back inform him he was in the wrong car. At that moment he sprays the girls in the back with a gas that makes them unconscious. The girl in the passenger seat is in shock and tries to escape but the sound of the passenger door opening gives her away—she is sprayed and becomes unresponsive as well.

  “Split” is a wild, twisted thriller directed and written by Manoj “M. Night” Shyamalan. All in all, it is a film that will leave you astonished by the incredible acting and well-written screenplay. Compared to Shyamalan’s other successful films, such as “The Visit,” it is like no other.  

  The film “Split” is about a middle aged man named Kevin Wendel Crumb, who is portrayed by actor James McAvoy. Kevin is not an average person; he is affected by a disorder called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This disorder creates as many as 23 different personalities within Kevin. Kevin’s trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher, who is portrayed by Betty Buckley, tries to aid him and discover the mysteries within him. The disorder then causes him to abduct three girls: Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), Claire Benoit (Haley Lu Richardson), and Marcia (Jessica Sulla).

The concept of the film is to show viewers that people are not as they seem. When Kevin is viewed by others, he is seen as a regular individual, but in reality he has many personalities, some of which have twisted mentalities. This concept is prominent within society, for there are many people in this world who are not as they seem to be. There are individuals who can appear to be kindhearted, caring people, but in reality have the most hate within themselves.

“Split” is  a success, receiving $102.6 million in the box office so far. The film was also given many great reviews, one being from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), with a rating of 7.5/10. Another review from Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 75% fresh. The film received great ratings, but it was also given criticism. Because the protagonist was affected with DID, some viewers with the disorder felt very offended. An article from the “Hollywood Reporter” written by Michelle Stevens states, “People who suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder are not, generally speaking, creepy or deceptive; we don’t lurk in dark alleys. We aren’t kidnappers who lock teenage girls in basements, and we certainly aren’t murderers. Instead, we are husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, friends and neighbors who silently suffer from a painful, scary, often debilitating condition.”

Although Stevens’s sentiments may be true, there is no denying that the acting of this film was incredible. James McAvoy was given a role that was like no other. He had to not only perform as one character but as multiple and he executed that role perfectly. The writing was the backbone of this film, giving it the material needed to be successful.

Overall, “Split” is a must see. People say it is a film that put Shyamalan back on top. The acting, writing, and screenplay gives this film something that viewers will love. See “Split” in theatres everywhere, near you.