Manoj Night Shyamalan was known as the God of twisted tales once. After the unprecedented success of his debut feature film The Sixth Sense, M Night Shyamalan delivered a few solid films (Unbreakable, Signs) before sliding down in his career. Lady in the Water bombed, The Happening was panned. And after The Last Airbender and After Earth people thought it was the end of the road for the once called maverick director.
Cut to 2015, M N Shyamalan made a small movie The Visit. And it surprised all! Creepy, thrilling and a twisty fare by all means! I personally found it refreshing and clearly, it showed that the Indian-origin director is getting back to form!
The Visit was a box-office hit and thus we knew that M N Shyamalan will be back soon. His next venture was announced, a psychological thriller Split, starring James McAvoy –> playing 23 different personalities! More reason to be excited!
The trailer of Split which was released a few weeks back created a lot of buzz! Dark, atmospheric, creepy and James McAvoy looked promising.
Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialise and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, 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.
The reviews have started coming in….
1. A welcome return to form from ‘The Sixth Sense’ director M. Night Shyamalan, whose unhinged new mind-bender is a worthy extension of his early work. – Variety (Thumbs Up)
2. The director ties themes together at the end with more finesse than usual, letting a couple of meaningful visuals speak for themselves where he might have thrown in a line or two of explanatory dialogue.- Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Up)
3. Split is a solid example of the type of elevated B-movie potboiler at which Shyamalan excels, and to which he thankfully seems to be re-committing his energies. – AV Club (Thumbs Up)
4. Only James McAvoy’s multi-faceted performance saves the movie from complete mediocrity. – indieWIRE (Thumbs Down)
5. James McAvoy gives a terrifying career-best performance in Shyamalan’s best film since Signs. – ChrisStuckmann.com (Thumbs Up)
6. While Split takes dissociative identity disorder to a more ridiculous extreme than most other depictions, the movie has a sympathetic core. – The Film Stage (Thumbs Up)
7. Reminds you that suspense is his natural milieu, while also making clear that some of the aspects of his work that have been considered unintentional camp are in fact his deliberate, deadpan sense of humor in play. – Nerdist (Thumbs Up)
8. Split is good, ‘ole fashioned Shyamalan. It will greatly reward those who have still stuck with the filmmaker throughout his career and will hopefully introduce a new generation to his special brand of storytelling. – Movies.com (Thumbs Up)
9. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film is entertaining, scary, and full of surprises, with an amazing performance by James McAvoy. – Comingsoon.net (Thumbs Up)
10. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film is an engaging, stylish psychological thriller. – IGN (Thumbs Up)
11. Split is well-directed but Shyamalan’s screenplay deserves every “problematic” arrow that will be flung its way and it doesn’t click as a successful thriller. – Forbes (Thumbs Up)
Early reviews are solid! So is Shyamalan back to his best?!
Split releases in theatres January 27, 2017.