Split movie review

Allie Hickenbotham, copy editor

art by Haley Mitchell


One of them is known as Hedwig, who likes his CD player and is 9 years old. Another is named Barry and he continually emails his therapist, then acts like nothing is wrong. Patricia is calm and collected when speaking to people, though she looks like a rather masculine woman. These are just three examples of the 24 different personalities sharing the body of Kevin Wendell Crumb, the antagonist in the movie Split, which came out Jan. 20.

In the movie, Kevin (James McAvoy) suffers from severe Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID), meaning his identity is split into multiple personalities. McAvoy does an outstanding job at portraying each distinct, creepy personality, which makes the movie feel even more freaky. Before seeing the movie, I assumed Split was going to be another failed attempt at a horror movie, like Lights Out or The Visit, but it wasn’t, which pleasantly surprised me. After Kevin kidnaps three girls in a parking lot (Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson) he locks them in a basement, leaving them confused and scared. I felt like I was there with them because I was scared too, mainly because neither the girls nor me knew which identity would walk through the door each time.

I liked how realistic the movie was, in the sense that it seemed like an event that could happen in real life. Split reminded me of one Criminal Minds episode in which a psychopath goes on a killing spree and takes hostages. However, one of Kevin’s identities made me think of this movie as more of a fantasy.

Warning: Spoilers

At one point in the film, Kevin turns into “the beast” and he becomes taller, faster and stronger than any normal human being. He eats the intestines of Claire and Marcia (Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson), then deflects the bullets that Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) shoots him with. This was unrealistic and demonizing of DID, but intriguing when I could finally see how he changed to all his different personalities near the ending.

The end of the movie was slightly confusing and left me with a lot of questions. You think the movie is over, because the title slide with the word Split comes across the screen, but then the movie continues. Split is actually connected to another movie that the director (M. Night Shyamalan) directed many years ago, but you’ll have to see the movie for yourself if you want to find out and understand the ending. Though Split was confusing and odd at some moments, I give the movie four out of five stars.