SPLIT Review - Raw Terror, A Fierce Edge of Your Seat Thriller

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

SPLIT, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, presents a shocking, terror speed trip into the mind and manifestation of a schizophrenic, as he acts on the commands from the twenty-four personalities that fight for control of his life and existence.

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamaian, SPLIT stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Izzy Coffey, and Brad William Henke.

SPLIT opens at the mall and the end of a birthday party. The cool girls, Claire, played by Haley Lu Richardson and Marcia, played by Jessica Sula, are explaining the real reason behind the charitable invitation of Casey, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, the high school loner. As she is not an actual friend, she was invited so they could feel as if they have done something good.

As the party ends, Casey, is still waiting for her ride. Claire’s father offers to drive everyone home. No one gets left behind on his watch. Claire and Marcia pile in the back seat, giggling over nothing and our troubled loner, Casey, in the front when she looks in the rear view and sees the packages, Claire’s father had carried, strewn on the ground, and simultaneously hears the driver side door close.

Claire stops mid-sentence and explains “Mister, I think you have the wrong car” when the stranger sprays the two with a liquid that induces black out. Our loner looks over in terror as the stranger, who we have yet to formally meet, played by James McAvoy, and attempts to jump out of the car when he grabs her and she too is put under.

They wake in a dungeon, the three are alive, terrified, and alone, when suddenly our loner, Casey, obviously not a child of affluence finds coping skills the two girls of privilege lack.

As SPLIT progresses, we meet the different personalities that possess Kevin, the every-man, the fashion designer, a proper English female matron, and a nine-year-old who befriends our girls. The personalities are known fully to only one person.

Kevin, the host for these personalities, meets regularly with his psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, played by Betty Buckley, who is fully aware of each of the personalities and at times, the fight or flight of one drives the others to act. In Kevin’s case, the personalities fight each other for allegiance and dominance.

Dr. Fletcher’s career, at this point has become defined by this fascinating case which her findings have become so intriguing to the psychiatric community that she presents evidence of her theories of the ability of a person with multiple personalities to alter their physicality based on the needs of the personality surfacing. Everyone seems deeply concerned what Kevin can become if he fully realizes this power.

As the kidnapping and hostage days are playing out with attempts by the girls to escape and punishments after they are caught, the back stories are being interwoven as the girls meet some of the other personalities, all intriguing and none more so than the nine-year-old Hedwig, who sees the girls as friends, and as a nine-year-old boy sees life differently.

He wants the approval of Casey, our loner and the only hostage who doesn’t make the blatant attempt to escape.

As the days pass the fear increases and Kevin’s dominating personality makes decisions to separate the girls until only, Casey is left alone.

Casey, throughout this time is having flashes of her childhood memories, remembering her dad, how they would go camping, and then the memories turn darker as her Uncle John, played by Brad William Henke becomes her guardian after her father dies. 

To say simply, I enjoyed this film, is too mild for the wild ride M. Night Shyamaian takes the audience on. SPLIT is an aggressive, in your face, bombshell, and a horror nightmare. The performances, the writing, and direction all on point. SPLIT is so deeply intriguing deviling into the rational aspects of modern day multiple personality disorder as SPLIT is also a contemporary film.

The potency and intrigue of a genuine schizophrenia meets the raw terror and fear of the unknown as each personality takes the viewer deeper into the mind of a very disturb, dangerous and uniquely functional and profoundly mentally ill man.

Having seen SPLIT at the 2016 AFI Film Festival play to a full house at midnight, was a testament to its explosive impact. More so the screening ended at about 1:00AM and the audience remained for the post screening conversation. SPLIT is raw terror.

James McAvoy is brilliant. Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy give notable, striking, and captivating performances opposite the powerhouse explosion McAvoy delivers.

Strap in as SPLIT takes you on an emotional roller coaster thrill ride that doesn’t stop. The cast delivers, the story is relative, believable, alarming, amazing and pulled from the horror headlines. SPLIT begins with every person’s nightmare o and doesn’t stop, building toward an incredible climactic unbelievable ending.

SPLIT is a four star, tour de force, performance driven contemporary horror film.

SPLIT opens January 20, 2017. See this film.

Haute Tease

  • It’s Spring! Past The Blahs Into The Blues

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As the seasons change and we shed the winter wools it’s time to step outside our inoculated online I-Pad world and breathe!

     
  • Alan Rickman, Iconic English Actor, Dies

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Alan Rickman, known as a diverse and generous talent, star of stage, television and the screen from the Harry Potter series to Love Actually, passed away due complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 69.

     
  • Beltway Insider: President, G-7 Leaders Condemn Russia-Ukraine Agression; 2015 Budget Unveiled; February Jobs Report

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke this week as the United States and members of the G8 voiced strong opposition, condemnation and possible sanctions against the superpower for its aggressive military action against the Ukraine.  

     
  • LA Arts: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Coming to Los Angeles for Art Exhibition

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In its 35th anniversary year, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is delighted to bring a new world-class art exhibition to Los Angeles this October highlighting the plight of elephants due to the ivory trade.

     
  • Election 2020: U.S. Senator Kamala Harris To Speak at the 2019 HRC Los Angeles Dinner

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced that U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), will speak at the 2019 HRC Los Angeles Dinner this Saturday, March 30, 2019.

     
  • Helpful Hints For The Procrastinating Gardener

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Oh woe is me, the plans I had, the desires, the ultimate idea, to show those pesky neighbors, the ones who look down their nose at my yard. The ones, who laughed at my attempts to grow grass, bloom a rose bush and my innovative ideas for lawn care.

     
  • HL Travel: What's New in Paris and the Paris Region for 2018

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    On the heels of a tourism uptick, 23 million tourists in 2017 alone, Paris, France is forecasting its most successful year in a decade making the City of Light one of the most sought after and realized global destinations.

     
  • Art Basel Miami Beach Presents George Segal Solo Show

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    For Art Basel Miami Beach 2018, Templon presents, in main section of the fair, an exceptional solo show by late pop artist George Segal (1924-2000), widely considered the most existentialist of all American artists from the pop art era.

     
  • The Tall Trees of Paris Book Review - An Exquisite, Vibrant, Introduction to The New Parisian Art Scene

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Tall Trees of Paris, a flamboyant coffee table art book from Portland gallery owner and curator, Matt Wagner, introduces readers to the colorful world of Parisian artists from the point of view of the artists themselves.

     
  • Under Fire: Journalists In Combat – A Brutally Accurate Documentary from Martyn Burke

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    UNDER FIRE: JOURNALISTS IN COMBAT, a brutally accurate documentary from novelist and Director Martyn Burke, chronicles the aftermath of War Correspondents as they cope with psychological trauma sustained on the front lines. 

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump, Governors/Pandemic, Economy, Relief/Reopen, UK PM, Ebola, China/Dog Meat, Election

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Trump Administration has continued to update the American public daily on the Corona-virus and all measures it is taking to combat the deadly disease as more governors break away from recommendations endangering efforts and ground secured.

     
  • Race, Flags, and the Second Amendment

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The shooting in South Carolina once again showed us the connection of guns and race. Statistics of inner city gun violence always showed the connection.  In this context, the National Rifle Association actually believes in gun control.

     
  • Bienvenue Chez VousConcierge Auctions Announces Its First European Auction In Sexy Saint Tropez, France

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Leading luxury auction firm, Concierge Auctions, enters the European market in ultra sexy Saint Tropez, France,the 11th country in which the firm is now holding auctions, with the auction of Villa La Ponche, a prívate estate boasting French Riviera views.

     
  • The Secret World of Arrietty - An Enchanted Magical Odyssey

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, a Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures Film, brings to the screen an enchanting animated story of summer friendship, youthful innocence, and family bonds.

     
  • Business News: Savvy Shoppers Put It on Plastiq – An Exclusive Must Have Accessory

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Imagine the ability to charge anything and everything to your credit card, from a McLaren to college tuition, the purchase of real estate or country club dues. One company, Plastiq, has made this elevated shopping experience a reality.