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SPLIT

DVD review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 118 minutes, alternate ending and deleted scenes, featurettes

VIDO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 DD, Spanish 5.1 DD, English DVS

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Universal Pictures/ Blinding Edge Pictures/ Blumhouse Entertainment

RELEASE DATE: 4-18-2017

Kevin (James McAvoy) has 23 different personalities with a mysterious 24th one called The Beast yet to be revealed.  When one of the personalities called Dennis along with another personality Patricia kidnaps three teenage girls including troubled girl Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, things start to take a darker turn as the three girls try to find a way to escape their prison before it’s too late.

 

Director M. Night Shyamalan has returned to the universe of the movie UNBREAKABLE with a movie which expands the universe with new characters.  James McAvoy gives several great performances in this movie and he is the reason why the movie really clicks.  This is the movie fans of UNBREAKABLE have been waiting for (sorta of) since it takes place in the same universe as that movie.   The flashbacks show the troubled childhood of Casey while Kevin’s various personalities have a voice through Dr. Karen Fletcher who sees her patients like a family.  SPLIT is a character study and a thriller.   Tension builds as you wonder what the Beast is and whether the teenage girls will escape.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Alternate ending (which was too one note to the director) and nine deleted scenes (showing a deleted character that Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley) has a crush on are among the cut scenes) which have optional introductions by director M. Night Shyamalan

 

THE MAKING OF SPLIT- a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie and how it came to be

THE MANY FACES OF JAMES MCAVOY is all about the multiple roles that McAvoy plays in SPLIT and how his casting was spot on

THE FILMMAKER’S EYE: M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN- a brief look at the process of the director of the movie

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: SPLIT is one of the director’s best films alongside UNBREAKABLE, but this movie will have a sequel which will also be a sequel to UNBREAKABLE coming in 2019.

 

This review is 5-2-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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