“Split” Official Trailer and Review
It has definitely been a couple of years since the director M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable), has released a movie that grabs the viewers’ attention from the beginning. Many of his movies over the years have not done exceptionally well, but so far the trailer for Split gives hope that maybe Shyamalan will become relevant once again.
The trailer begins with 3 teenage girls getting in the car while they wait on the driver (presumably the father of one of the girls), to load everything in the trunk, but as they wait inside the car it looks like someone is approaching the father outside. The door opens and at the same time the front passenger played by Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), notices their to-go boxes have been smashed outside on the ground through the side mirror of the vehicle. As she turns around to see who is seated next to her the other two girls Casey and Marcia played by Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula, also notice he isn’t who they are expecting and tell the man he is in the wrong car.
Things take a frightening turn so quickly, when the man played by James McAvoy, is then seen wearing a dust mask and starts spraying the girls with an unknown substance in the back, then grabs Casey (Taylor-Joy), by the back of her neck and sprays her too. The focus then shifts to the girls being led through a utility tunnel and ending up in room with two different beds in it and the man opening a door saying he was “sent to get them for a reason”.
If THAT wasn’t already creepy enough, the trailer starts to point out some weird things about the man. On their attempt to come up with an escape plan, Claire, Casey and Marcia see the figure of what seems to be a woman outside of the door and call to her for help only to realize it’s actually the man dressed as a woman who only reassures them he isn’t allowed to touch them. The girls at this point look perplexed and scared because they have no idea what is going on and why he is dressed that way and acting differently.
Throughout the trailer we see Casey trying to befriend a 9-year-old living in Kevin’s head so he could help them escape but that doesn’t last too long because he realizes they’re just trying to use him. The terrifying vibe stays throughout the whole trailer and makes you get goosebumps as it proceeds onto the scene where Kevin is meeting with a woman and talking to her about his personalities. Dr. Fletcher played by Betty Buckley (The Happening), is the psychiatrist Kevin sees and has entrusted her with the secret of having 23 different identities living inside of his head.
The trailer introduces us to Kevin, played by James McAvoy (X-Men, Victor Frankenstein), who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder) and due to that, has 23 different identities living inside of him. We’ve been introduced to three identities, Kevin, the sophisticated lady and a 9-year-old boy, but there is a lot more that has yet to be unraveled throughout the movie and I think the trailer did a good job with only introducing us to 3 of the 23 established identities in Kevin. To add to the tension, the last identity that is talked about towards the end is “the beast” as Kevin calls him, it seems to be the 24th evolving identity that also happens to be the most dangerous of them all and the reason why the girls have been kidnapped.
The trailer shows how the girls try to escape and find help and physically fight for their lives as well, but nothing seems to be what helps them out and saves them from this hell. It is honestly nerve-wrecking because things like this actually do happen in real life…the kidnapping and dissociative identity disorder parts of course, and I think it’s what will make this film a successful thriller, the way it will make you feel while watching it.
As a lover of thrillers, I enjoy when a film keeps me at the edge of my seat, biting my nails and has my heart racing because of the excitement of what will happen next. This trailer has done a great job at that because it has left me wanting more and looking forward to seeing McAvoy play such a diverse character in this thriller. If you haven’t yet, I would recommend you keep an eye out for this movie because it just MIGHT be what makes Shyamalan relevant again to the movie industry because people have been sleeping on him, and after this trailer I think it’s safe to say he might just be back for good!!
Marlene Covarrubias covers Entertainment for MFST, you can follow her on twitter @_Lene10.