Kevin has 23 distinct personalities. The 24th is about to be unleashed
Kevin has 23 distinct personalities. The 24th is about to be unleashed


D: M. Night Shyamalan

Universal/Blinding Edge/Blumhouse (M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum & Marc Bienstock)

US 2016 (released 2017)

117 mins


W: M. Night Shyamalan

DP: Mike Gioulakis

Ed: Luke Franco Ciarrochi

Mus: West Dylan Thordson

James McAvoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb), Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey), Haley Lu Richardson (Claire), Jessica Sula (Marcia), Betty Buckley (Dr. Karen Fletcher)

After a decade of flops, M. Night Shyamalan may well have revived his career with this psychological thriller, featuring a quite excellent lead performance from James McAvoy as a sufferer of a multiple personality disorder, Kevin Wendell Crumb, whose 23 separate personalities struggle to overpower a dangerously rising 24th personality.

The film begins with Kevin kidnapping 3 teenage girls, who he keeps locked in underground cells to await their fate. Meanwhile, the enormity of Kevin's condition is revealed during sessions with a counsellor, as well as each personality coming forth to the kidnapped girls at various times.

This really is a return to form for M. Night Shyamalan, who references his 2000 film Unbreakable at certain points during the duration.

A sequel is planned, titled Glass, which is also intended to draw into the plot points from Unbreakable.

Hopefully it will be more like this, and less like The Happening.


James McAvoy in Split
James McAvoy in Split