“… chilling, creepy, bold, and sometimes bat-bleep absurd” (Chicago Sun-Times), Split an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind comes to the Coliseum screen this weekend. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Critic Comments: “Split is a highly effective, nerve-shredding horror movie that makes the most of its claustrophobic setting, familiar setup, and psychological gimmicks.” (Screen International) “A remarkably weird and wonderful exercise in psychological terror featuring a virtuoso performance by Scottish actor James McAvoy.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) “… you can opt either for the pleasure of surprise at the end or for the satisfaction of working out the puzzle as you go along.” (New York Times) “Split is compulsively watchable.” (Time)
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