Universal/Blinding Edge/Blumhouse (M. Night Shyamalan, Jason
Blum & Marc Bienstock)
US 2016 (released 2017)
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.
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