Movie Review: Split (2016)

Most movies in threatres have already moved on to the next scheduled film, but Split has continued to run in some others. In fact, it’s been real successful that its $9M budget has grossed over $140 million in the the box office. Wow!

Split is a psychological suspense movie that tackles on a character with Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID. In this film, 3 teenagers, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and outsider Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), are kidnapped by “Dennis”, one of the 23 split personalities inhabiting the body of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a victim of childhood abuse with severe DID, and held captive in a cellar.

Hmm… If you have seen the film, you might have also heard ‘stories’ about it. And the biggest controversy is that people with this kind of disorder are presumed to be dangerous and violent. Medical and societal groups have been on the defense about it, saying that it is unfair to just judge ’em like that.

Then again, whether one has seen the film or not, the possibility of a DID patient being dangerous is quite possible. Seriously. Since you switch from one personality to another, what if the personality you switched on is kinda ‘violent’? Got the point?

As a 9-year-old boy, it's one of the 23 personalities suffered by the main character
As a 9-year-old boy, it’s one of the 23 personalities suffered by the main character

Thus, the more appropriate defense here would be its cure.

Anyway, these psychological films are ‘in’ again. Just recently, we had ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ and even decades ago, Kiss The Girls and so on. So, this is like a repeat, a cycle. With that, more than being a thriller, what would sell here is the educational side of the film. You know, information about the illness and how to deal with it. That’s why DID’s cure is the best defense for ’em medical and societal groups.

The abducted girls
The abducted girls

As for acting, ey, James McAvoy did well in his portrayal. Just hope it doesn’t affect his more ‘balanced’ Professor X image here. Hehe. The moviegoers’ question though is — what happened to the gunshots fired at McAvoy, how come nothing really happened? Did we miss somethin’? Still, if only the girls connived to take advantage of the main character’s switching personality then the portrayal of a DID patient would not have been, hmm.. dangerous and violent.

See? So, the production could have, indeed, brought up some ‘fairness’ to the disorder.


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