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In a room, 24 people sit in a circle and when something called “the light” decides to take control. In this new compelling film, a man named Kevin has split personalities. He captures three young woman, Claire, Marcia, and Casey and holds them hostage in order to provide a snack for who he calls the beast. A total of 24 personalities are combined in one body and all 24 battle constantly for the girl’s attention.

 

Typically scary movies include paranormal behavior. Some chairs fall down and someone gets possessed and you’re immediately spooked. The new movie, Split, puts scary on a new level with the realism, twists, and gut wrenching suspense.

 

“I loved the entire movie up until the twist of the movie. They focused too much on trying to make a new movie rather than finishing this one, however it was very compelling in the beginning” said senior Annie Brown.

 

Director, M. Night Shyamalan, has captured his audience by making them grip their seats with suspense. His most famous work, The Sixth Sense, making him known for his twist endings. Split is a scary reminder how realistic this movie could be.

 

He starts as a man named Kevin and changes from a 9 year old child named, Hedwig to a guy named Barry who was very into fashion. This man you later find out developed these personalities based on his childhood. Dennis is his first sign of disorder. He is based on his mom who had OCD. Another is Hedwig because he was never able to be a child when he was one. He describes how all 24 personalities sit inside of him and the one who has the light shining on them puts them in control of Kevin’s body.

 

With this movie, Split, the ending has seemed to upset many people including some fans of the directors.

 

“I thought it sucked because the ending made no sense to me and I thought it was very stupid how he ended it,” said sophomore Rileigh DeFoney.

 

However not all seem too upset at the cliff hanger.

 

“I really liked the one movie he wrote, The Sixth Sense, but that was about ten years ago and I think because I had recently studied the brain in a psychology class it was very cool to relate it to the class, but I can see how some people were upset,” said senior Julianna Heredia.

 

Some audience members enjoy the possible idea of a second movie.

 

“I actually really enjoyed the ending because from what it sounded like in the movie that there is going to be a second one… I’m really excited,” said senior Peyton Louk.

 

Fans specifically enjoyed the comic relief that some of Kevin’s personalities brought.

 

“I liked how towards the end of the film they revealed who Kevin truly is and I would have to say when Kevin became himself, he was my favorite character just because he seemed more genuine than his other personalities”, said Rileigh DeFoney.

 

“I loved him [Hedwig] I think he is really funny and a goof,”said senior Peyton Louk.

 

Critics have rated it a 76% on the rotten tomato scale, however on the audience side it has scored an 81%.

 

“I think it’s a film where you either like it or you don’t and in my case I liked the beginning, however thought the end could have been better,” said Annie Brown.

 

As for James McAvoy he excelled as the man who has 23 very different personalities and is possibly hiding his 24th throughout the film.

 

“James McAvoy was able to play all 24 roles pretty good and I know it’s something I know I would never be able to do,” said sophomore Rileigh DeFoney.

 

Some thought though that there is always room for improvement.

 

“It was good I guess for someone playing 24 personalities, but I thought he could’ve done some personalities better,” said Peyton Louk.

 

Three girls trapped and have to find a way to escape before their capturer unleashes his 24th personality, “the inner beast”. Rated PG-13 this compelling film glues you to the screen for an hour and fifty seven minutes. A compelling film that you just have to see to believe.

 

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