SPLIT by M Knight Shyamalan examines Kevin, a person with 23 (or more?) personalities, many resulting from childhood abuse. We meet one of the personalities when he kidnaps 3 high school girls in Philadelphia. For nearly 2 hours we watch as a small number of Kevin's personalities reveal themselves to the 3 girls while they try to escape. We also witness Kevin's hoard meeting with their long-term psychiatric doctor for help.
Meanwhile, the doctor is trying to convince the psychiatric community that DID is real and that DID patients can manifest super human abilities -- that they can control their body chemistry in ways that the ordinary human cannot. It turns out that David Banner didn't need gamma radiation after all; he just needed some trauma to "split" his identity.
We also are treated to flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse endured by one of the girls. I hope I'm not giving too much away when I say that this actually saves her life in the end.
There is very little violence in this movie. But the suspense builds as we have come to expect from MKS. And there is a little surprise at the end.
I'll be watching it again.
I spend more time than I like to admit on NetFlix and other services. When I can't sleep or am too exhausted to even think, I pop on the TV. As do most people, I have some definite opinions about entertainment offerings on cable, NetFlix, VuDu, and in theatres. If you're interested, read on....