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Three girls are kidnapped by a man with an extremely rare and unusual personality disorder harboring 23 unique identities. The girls are perplexed by his motives as they witness his different personas – all they know is that they need to escape from this dangerous and unpredictable man.
‘Split’ immerses you into the chilling world of its characters as they descend into their individual versions of hell. On one hand, is Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) whose personas range from charming to downright menacing. Along with his therapist Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley), we – the audience, underestimate the extent, and potential of his condition. Then there’s Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), one of the three kidnapped girls with a genuinely horrifying backstory leading to a trademark Shyamalan twist ending.
Anya Taylor-Joy is a revelation as an actress, displaying courage and heart-wrenching vulnerability as Casey. She would steal the limelight if not for a career-defining performance by James McAvoy. Kevin’s complex personas – each with their own nuances ranging from speech impediments to unique body language; which McAvoy pins down all the way to the twitches, results in an unsettling experience which sets ‘Split’ apart from others in its genre. However, the intricacy of the story makes for a deterrent – albeit essential to the eventual climax. There’s a fair amount of exposition about Kevin’s condition – dissociative identity disorder – which results in some uneven pacing in an otherwise exhilarating endeavour.
Speaking of which – M. Night Shyamalan has suffered from an odd predicament; peaking early in his career with landmark films like ‘The Sixth Sense’, & ‘Unbreakable’, then fumbling the proverbial ball with entries like ‘The Village’. It’s commendable then, that the writer – director takes a calculated risk with ‘Split’, that pays off largely due to memorable performances inspired by a gripping, original story penned by himself that, surprisingly has a lot more to offer beyond this outing. If Shyamalan continues to bring his A-game to the big screen, he’s more than welcome to jump on the franchise bandwagon.
The psychological thriller, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is about a man with 23 different personalities, who kidnaps three girls.
James McAvoy’s character is named Kevin Wendell Crumb. The character’s name is inspired by the comic/cartoonist R. Crumb.
James broke his hand during the shooting of the film but he didn’t disclose it to anyone. He was finally admitted to the hospital two days after the incident.
The director revealed on his social media handle that they shot around 20 scenes multiple times to get each one of them just right.
According to Shyamalan, they did not record video playback while filming because he wanted to trust his gut when actors were performing.
The shot of the 23 toothbrushes was reshot many times until the shadows started to look like people.
Split Plot Summary
Casey is sitting in a restaurant looking outside hopelessly. Claire asks her father why he invited her because she is not her friend as she doesnât get along with anyone in the school. There were rumors that she always tried to run away from home. She asks him to leave her behind but he denies. They all go to the parking lot. Casey, Claire and Marcia sit inside the car but instead of Claireâs father someone else enters. He sprays a sleeping gas on the girls and kidnaps them.
Casey wakes up in a room along with Claire and Marcia. Casey looks at the locked door and a neat and clean bathroom. Suddenly, Dennis enters the room and brings a chair with him, he cleans and sits on it. He stares at them and chooses Marcia to come with him. He drags her out of the room. Casey and Claire are frightened. After a while, the door opens; he throws Marcia in and leaves. Marcia tells them that he wanted her to dance.
Casey begins to remember her past, where her father and her Uncle John are having lunch with her as a child in a restaurant. Uncle John is telling them a story about a wild animal and how he got frightened.
Dr. Karen comes home to see an e-mail from Barry.
Claire tells the girls that the only way out is to attack him together. She tries to convince Casey that this is the only way. Marcia tell Casey that if sheâll agree that she will also try to attack him but Casey refuses as they donât know what theyâre dealing with just yet.
Barry goes to Dr. Karenâs house. She looks at some sketches he has made. Dr. Karen tells him that the sketches are good and that out of all her patients he is the most consistent. She asks if something has happened because usually he is very protective about his sketches but today he is flaunting them. Barry tells her that he just wanted to visit her and heâll meet her again next week. Dr. Karen gets a little concerned.
Claire and Marcia are peeking through a hole in the door. They tell Casey thereâs a lady with Dennis. They start shouting for help. The lady rushes through the door; it is Dennis in a womanâs dress. She asks the girls not to worry, he will not touch them and that he listens to her.
Dr. Karen meets one of her colleagues and tries to convince him that DID patients have changed their body chemistry merely with their thoughts.
Casey and the other girls are discussing that he was talking to himself the whole time. Dennis enters the room with a bucket and a bathroom cleaner and asks them to clean the bathroom. He tells them that Patricia has reminded her that they have been brought here for a reason and that they are sacred food. He tells them that he will not bother them anymore.
Claire wakes up Casey and they point to towards the door where Dennis is sitting at the door and calls himself Hedwig, a 9-year-old boy. He tells them someone evil is coming, who will hurt them. Casey calls Hedwig closer and tells him that the evil man is coming here for him as well and he should help them get out of here. Hedwig runs out of the room. Casey realizes that Hedwig said something about making the room safe. They immediately start searching the room. Claire finds a hollow spot in the ceiling, and starts breaking it with her heel. Hedwig hears the noise and tries to open the door but fails. He asks them to stop but the girls pay no heed. Hedwig changes to Dennis and opens the door easily though Claire sneaks out through the ventilating duct and hides in a cupboard in an adjacent room. Dennis follows her and manages to catch her. He then locks her in a separate room.
Dr. Karen is giving a lecture at a seminar via a video call. She talks about how different personalities within a same person can change habits and body language. That this is the ultimate gateway to all things unknown about human boundaries.
Barry visits Dr. Karen for a session when he talks to her about different fabrics of a dress. Dr. Karen stops him and asks if she is talking to Barry or Dennis. Barry leaves the session after denying that he is Dennis.
Patricia brings Casey some food. She combs her hair and puts a flower. She invites Casey and Marcia for a proper meal in her kitchen and leads them there. She then plays music for them and while putting their meal together, Marcia gestures at Casey to run away through the kitchen door but Casey doesnât respond. Marcia decides to act; picks up a chair and slams it on Patricia and runs away. An injured Patricia asks Casey to go to her room and lock the door. Marcia canât run away as all the doors are locked. Patricia finds her and tells her that they have been chosen because they have never suffered. Patricia locks Marcia in a different room so that they cannot plot with each other anymore.
Casey remembers her Uncle John in the jungle where they play as animals. When she opens her eyes, Hedwig is lying next to her. He tells her about the Beast and that he is coming. He tells her that he likes dancing to his CD player which is placed next to a window. Casey asks him to take her there; he reluctantly agrees and runs out of the room saying that he will take her after some time.
Barry is sitting in a session with Dr. Karen when she tells him that she didnât pay much attention to the incident that happened a few years ago when two girls took his hand and put it on their chest which made him upset for days. She thinks that after that incident Dennis took control so that he can keep everybody safe. She again asks him if she is talking to Dennis. Dennis appears and tells her that he just wants to protect Kevin. Dr. Karen asks him about the Beast, but Kevin denies the Beastâs existence, saying it is just a fantasy to scare the others.
Hedwig takes Casey to his room and shows her his CD player. He starts dancing to music and asks Casey to dance with him. Casey asks him about the window that he was talking about. He shows her a drawing hanging on the wall and tells her that he was talking about this window. But Hedwig realizes that the reason she was asking about the window is so she can sneak out. Patricia emerges and escorts Casey to her room singing a funeral song and tells her that Dennis will explain her meaning of this. Dennis emerges saying tonight is the sacred night.
In another flashback, a young Casey is holding a shotgun aimed at Uncle John. He asks her to remove the gun from his face. She loads the gun but he snatches the gun from her.
Dr. Karen receives several mails from Barry so she decides to pay him a visit. Dennis is about to leave the premises where he lives, but Dr. Karen appears and tells her that one of the others had just emailed her. She tells her that she doesnât want anybody to get hurt, so Dennis invites her into his residence.
Once inside, Dennis tells her that the he was not open to her in the sessions; when she asked him about the Beast, he was lying and that the Beast was on the move. Dr. Karen asks him about the meaning of the eating of the pure young. He tells her about the Beast, and the Horde which are all the entities combines. Dr. Karen gets frightened and tells him to continue to session later so that she can take notes, and asks to use the washroom. She goes to the basement where she finds one of the girls locked in the room. Dennis grabs the doctor and sprays the sleeping gas on her too.
Dennis goes to the mall to buy flowers. He then goes to a railway station and waits for the last train to arrive. He gets in the empty train and reveals his 24th personality â the Beast, a quick and strong being.
Communicating with each other through the walls, Claire asks Marcia to see if anything useful is kept in her room. Marcia finds a hanger which she uses to open the lock of the door with a lot of difficulty. Meanwhile Casey tries to look for an exit, only to see a computer not connected to the internet. She opens a folder on the desktop that has different personalities of Kevin. During one of the recordings she notices Barry taking a set of keys hanging beneath a cap, which happens to be right behind her. She takes the keys and runs.
Dr. Karen wakes up in a daze. She somehow manages to write something on a paper, when the Beast appears. He grabs Dr. Karen from behind, she tries to stab him with a knife but it breaks. He thanks her for revealing the full potential of his body and kills her by squeezing her till her spine snaps.
Casey reaches Marciaâs room; she is lying dead on the floor half-eaten. She goes to the next room and finds Claire, but the Beast pulls Claire away. Casey finds that the Beast is eating her alive. She runs to Dennisâs room and finds that he has killed the doctor as well. The Beast enters the room and starts to crawl on the wall. Casey looks at the paper which has his birthname. She starts repeating it â Kevin Wendell Crum, till the Beast drops to the floor, seemingly restored to Kevin. Kevin asks Casey who she is. He finds Dr. Karen dead on the floor and asks who did this. She replies he did. He tells her that he was just sitting on the bus and that he doesnât remember anything after that. He tells her about the shotgun kept behind a shelf and asks her to kill him. Casey move towards the end, suddenly Dennis stops her and says Kevin cannot handle reality as all the personalities start appearing. A frightened Casey manages to escape and find the shotgun but it isnât loaded.
Patricia appears and tells Casey that Kevin is long asleep now and he will not come back again as she starts turning into the Beast. Casey runs out of the room and finds the bullets in a shelf. She tries to escape but the Beast grabs her legs. She somehow manages to sneak out but her leg gets badly hurt. Casey limps towards through a corridor which leads to a dead end. She locks herself in a cage and fires at the Beast. Barely affected, the Beast bends the bars of the cage with his bare hands. Casey is in tatters with nowhere to go. The Beast suddenly stops, after seeing all the old scars on Caseyâs body from her abusive childhood. He tells her that she is different from the others, her heart is pure as the broken are more evolved. After this he leaves her and runs away.
A man goes downstairs and finds Casey still in the cage. He takes her to the zoo office and asks his colleague to call the police.
Casey is sitting in a police car, when a female officer tells her that her uncle has come to take her home. Casey gives the officer a very strange unhappy look and the police officer gets suspicious.
Kevin is an old dilapidated house where he has a conversation with all the other personalities. They tell each other that they will show the world how powerful the Horde can become.
At a restaurant, a news flash reports on the case of the DID patient calling him the Horde. One of the ladies in the restaurant says that a similar case appeared 15 years ago and that a name was given to him. A guy sitting next to her says âMr. Glassâ, who turns out to be David Dunn (a character from âUnbreakableâ)