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After what has felt like an eternity, M. Night Shyamalan delivers a knockout with his new thriller, Split. The film marks the glorious return of one of the most joked-about directors ever.
Shyamalan became one of Hollywood’s most popular filmmakers after his successful 1999 movie, The Sixth Sense He followed up the chilling thriller, famous for the quote, “I see dead people,” with two more successful films—Unbreakable and Signs
However, in 2004 his career took a turn for the worst when he directed The Village. Audiences have doubted his talent ever since. Fortunately, they won’t doubt him after seeing his latest picture.
Split follows Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) and her two friends that were kidnapped by a man (James McAvoy) who has 23 distinct personalities. After conversing with a few of these different identities, the girls learn that a new, and extremely dangerous, personality is about to emerge.
I was in the audience during Universal’s presentation at this year’s CinemaCon, when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The Visit was his way of “going back to his roots.” This statement wasn’t much of a shock since his films After Earth and The Last Airbender were all panned by critics and general audiences. It’s interesting, the man who made The Sixth Sense, is now someone whose name is usually the punchline to a joke. I will say, I’ve always felt he gets more flak than he deserves. Sure, I suffered through The Happening just like the rest of the world, but trust me there are far worse films and filmmakers out there.
Shyamalan explained to everyone at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, “The goal of the film was to be the loudest, funnest movie-going experience.” Well, I can tell you that The Visit is not the loudest, nor the “funnest” movie-going experience I’ve had, but what I can tell you is that The Visit is not a bad film. Now that might seem backhanded, but I truly mean it. After his mistakes mentioned above, The Visit isn’t bad—it’s just not that great either.