Split: A mammoth task for McAvoy
JAMES McAvoy is a force to be reckoned with in Split. The X-Men favourite takes on the complex and disjointed role of Kevin, a man with at least 23 different personalities, in the latest psychological thriller from M Night Shyamalan.
Shifting back and forth between very distinct personalities, ranging from a woman to a budding fashion designer to an eight-year-old boy, McAvoy portrays Kevin’s dissociative identity disorder convincingly.
It’s a mammoth task I can’t imagine many other actors being capable of achieving.
Shyamalan doesn’t mess about, getting straight into the action within the first few minutes of the film.
Dennis, one of Kevin’s more devious personalities, which his mild-mannered alter ego Barry has tried to keep in check, rises to the surface and compels him to abduct three teenage girls.
After they are drugged, the girls wake up in a locked room which is part of a series of claustrophobic rooms and hallways Dennis has secured to prevent their escape.
As the film reaches its menacing climax, I found myself in awe of McAvoy and the physical intensity be brings to the role.
While there’s not that much gore, or even violence, in Split it still had me on the edge of my seat.
Among the life-or-death drama, Shyamalan finds a few brief moments to slyly sneak in some comedy.
The writer/director certainly seems to have found his groove again.