Date watched: Thursday 26th January 2017

Format: Cinema

Year released: 2017

First time watching?: Yes

From IMDb: “Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.”

Let’s be honest; M. Night Shyamalan’s movies are usually either hit or miss (remember that weird one with the trees?). When we went to the cinema for “Manchester by the Sea” the cinema was packed, to the point that “Split” actually sold out and the cinema just emptied so clearly anticipation was high for this movie. We’d always planned to catch it later in the week and I’m so glad we did.

The movie got itself rolling straight away, and the pace didn’t drop at all. There were some incredibly tense moments that had you on the edge of your seat, and even the exposition that is always necessary for these movies was handled well (much better than one of M. Night’s previous movies with a character my husband and I refer to as ‘toast guy’).

Performances all round were spectacular; Anya Taylor-Joy as our heroine Casey actually clinched my vote for the BAFTA EE Rising Star Award this year. The star of the piece though was James McAvoy; HOW he managed to convey so many personalities in one movie was just astounding. I never realised before how versatile of an actor he was.

Of course in every Shyamalan movie he puts an iconic twist at the end of each of his movie. I’ll attempt to be honest yet spoiler free; the twist was lost on me. My husband on the other hand, had his mind completely blown. I don’t want to go into too much detail as I absolutely hate spoilers and don’t want to give anything away for this reveal, but after my husband explained it to me I’m actually looking forward to more work from Shyamalan.

Overall this movie was pretty good. My only real negative is that we wanted to strangle the people sat behind us giving us a running commentary and kicking the seats all the way through. There were a few surprises along the way; some things were kind of predictable but overall a highly original storyline with a great deal of suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. Definitely a movie to recommend.

My rating: 8.5/10