Since I’m not a fan of horror movies, everything about Split would have to be extraordinary for me to find favor with the story. I didn’t really find too much favor with Split as it seemed to lack substance, rhyme or reason. One man with 23 personalities kidnaps three girls at once. That’s a pretty ballsy move, even for a psycho. Afraid and apprehensive about the kidnapper’s intentions is enough to stifle anyone. However, these three girls, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) are young and able bodied, so I couldn’t understand why together, they couldn’t overwhelm this guy. Moving right along, the kidnapper, Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), has a psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley) who he sees on demand. Dr. Fletcher detects there’s something wrong and suspects she knows what it is but does not share her suspicions with anyone. Further, I can’t find a reason for the kidnappings. Why three at once? Additionally, there’s endless dialogue from Dennis and Barry, a couple of Wendell’s 23 characters, most of which I found boring. I got that his mother was a total physio who abused and berated Wendell and kept him locked in a cellar but you would think all of his personalities would be enough of an escape to satisfy his metal illness.
Wendell lives in a small room at the zoo where he works and has access to the entire facility. He locks the girls in the basement of a building that houses animals above. One young lady has her own problems and is different from the other two, she is also the smartest. As the Split progresses, I find the best of the movie was about Casey who managed to stay ahead of the game all through the film. Of course I can’t give away any more of the story. I recommend you wait for the DVD/Blu-Ray. BTW: The ending has a little surprise twist. I’m not sure what it meant and I also don’t know if it added any value to the story. See it for yourself. I didn’t really care for Split — it’s been sort of done before with Cybil and her 21 personalities, only better!