Split isn’t a disaster – it is just all over the place and not nearly as effective as it should be, given such a good premise and performances.
Film review: James McAvoy shines in the flawed thriller Split about a fractured mind
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
Two and a half stars
Split is a movie in which James McAvoy plays a man with 23 personalities. Some are kind, some strange, some talented, some deranged. One is a woman. One is a child. And one likes to lock girls in a basement.
As with many thrillers, this one from writer-director M Night Shyamalan chooses to focus on scantily clad teenage girls in peril. Forgive me if I am a little bored already, but not even McAvoy in a tight turtleneck and pleated skirt as one of the personalities, Miss Patricia, is enough to save this film.
That said, McAvoy is delightfully weird as the various iterations of Kevin. It is a shame the story, which keeps reminding us there are 23 of them, only shows us about eight.