RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
STUDIO: Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions
DIRECTOR: M. Night Shyamalan
MPAA RATING: PG-13 (for disturbing thematic content and behavior, violence and some language)
SCREENWRITER: M. Night Shyamalan
STARRING: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of “The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs” with “Split,” an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit “The Visit,” Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (“The Purge” and “Insidious” series, “The Gift”) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
For “Split,” Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from “The Visit,” the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.
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