Unfortunately, at least one of Kevin’s personalities has decided to kidnap three girls, Claire, Marcia and Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), who is the real centre of this story, which is strange considering that she’s barely in the advertising. She easily gets the most screen time next to McAvoy along with a powerful backstory told in flashbacks throughout the course of the film.
Between the girls trying to escape and his visits to Dr Fletcher we learn that Kevin is heralding the coming of The Beast, something that may or may not be a previously unseen personality hidden within him, and the girls are intended as “food”. From there it’s a race between the girls trying to escape and Dr Fletcher putting the pieces together to try and fathom out what Kevin is up to and stop him if necessary.
Holy cheese on a cracker I was completely ready to rip this film to shreds as it plodded along and then the final scene hit and I was grinning ear to ear and wiggle excitedly in my chair and beginning to write a five star review in my head until I snapped back to reality. This sounds ridiculous but I’m being completely serious, the final twist of this movie is so good it saves the whole thing. It’s little more than a fraction of a scene consisting of maybe three lines between two previously unseen characters and it changes everything we thought we knew up to that moment, even to the point of changing the genre of film we’ve been watching this whole time.
And once McAvoy finally becomes The Beast it’s kind of silly. Watching him scurry about growling and crawling up the walls like a drunk lizard is arguably much less terrifying than the previous intensity of OCD paedophile Dennis or the underlying sinister nature of calm collected controlling Patricia. Even unpredictable Hedwig, a boisterous nine year old, comes across as more of a threat.
Unfortunately I can’t explain why this underwhelming film has me itching to go see it a second time without spoiling the final twist and if it’s spoiled it might not work. Like I said it changes the entire premise of the movie from top to bottom and until I get round to seeing 'Split' a second time I won’t know if the twist was worth it, but after the first viewing I’m conflicted to say the least.
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