Split28 Jan 2017
M. Night Shyamalan should stick to films of this size. His ambitions match his talents well here. Bigger budget films like Avatar and The Happening just aren’t as well suited for him. The pleasures of his camera tricks, framing and blocking, and suspense built through highly interior locations are better felt in films like Split, Unbreakable and, of course, Sixth Sense.
The treatment of mental disorders and abuse left me wanting. And some of the acting by James McAvoy, which on the whole was impressive, was too campy even for a horror film like this. But overall, I was along for the ride, rooting for Anya Taylor-Joy, and a sucker for the twist at the end.