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Review: Glass (2019)

Glass (dir. M. Night Shyamalan, 2019) – Vigilante David Dunn tracks down the mentally afflicted Kevin Wendell Crumb in an attempt to stop his next murder.

Verdict

The grounded slow-burn of Unbreakable meets Split‘s psychological terror in Glass, a brilliant culmination of M Night Shyamalan’s highly inventive trilogy.

4/5

Review

In its concluding minutes, Split introduced M. Night Shyamalan’s most ambitious twist in his long-running career. His latest antagonist Kevin/The Beast (James McAvoy) is revealed to be sharing a cinematic home with David Dunn (Bruce Willis), the indestructible protagonist of his brilliant early film Unbreakable.

At first glance, the two disparate characters in the same universe seems an outlandish idea, which makes Glass a particularly gutsy sequel. And while Unbreakable earned (deserving) plaudits following its lukewarm early days, the bold move also assumed mainstream interest in a cult classic that is by now close to two decades old.

But M. Night Shyamalan’s huge bet pays off, especially when he raises the stakes by going in unexpected directions. Against expectations, the first meeting of the two characters never gets to end in a hero versus villain showdown, when both quickly end up under lock and key.

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Review: Split (2016)

Split (dir. M. Night Shyamalan, 2016) – Three girls plan their desperate escape from a man with 23 distinct personalities, before the emergence of his 24th, known as The Beast.

Verdict

If The Visit marks M Night Shyamalan’s probable return to form, Split reassures us that his success was no fluke.

4/5

Review

It is a wonder what the human brain can do. Manifold personalities can exist within a single mind, each with individual ideals and purpose. Where a spectator sees awe, the afflicted must see fear and pain. How do you live with the knowledge that your life is not your own?

Despite multiple cases on record, not much about Dissociative Identity Disorder is conclusive. It is no surprise that psychological thrillers have repeatedly exploited it as a subject of horror. When films like Identity and Shelter turn this very real disorder into a motive to madness, it is essential that audiences must understand this, is but fiction.

That being said, Split proves a solid psychological thriller, with more than what the simple story line purports. In Kevin (James McAvoy) and his 23 personalities, psychiatrist Dr Fletcher (Betty Buckley) sees not only truth, but the answer to unlocking the human mind’s full potential.

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