M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” Depicts Mental Illness as Monstrous


by Yarelia Rodriguez – Staff Reporter

The new movie Split, starring James McAvoy as Kevin, is a movie about a man diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, or Split Personality disorder. The movie’s trailer features the main character, Kevin, getting into a car full of three teenaged girls, and then holding them hostage in an isolated room. The trailer shows one of Kevin’s twenty-three personalities saying an eerie “he’s coming for you”, referring to the “Beast” that is Kevin’s twenty-fourth personality.
This suspenseful thriller, directed and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, is a psychology-based movie that has been catching the attention of many. Because it deals with a mental disorder that is highly criticized when portrayed in film, people went off when it came to this movie.
According to CNN, people with Dissociative Identity Disorder feel discriminated against, because of the portrayal in the film. Those with split personality disorder felt as though they had not been portrayed accurately, and that the movie had made them out to be psychotic monsters. With that being said, Split has received a lot of negative feedback.
The movie itself received a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb. Because the movie deals with sensitive topics such as sexual abuse, pedophilia, self-harm, and incest, the movie received a strong negative reaction from the viewers. According to Heatstreet, viewers complained that the movie should have a trigger warning because of the sexual abuse presented within the movie.
Although the movie had been hyped up since the first promotion, it was a major letdown to many. The movie took too long to get to the part everyone had been waiting for, and teasing throughout the movie.
For a movie that received so much hype, Split did not come close to meeting the standards. With suspenseful factors and inaccurate psychological facts, Split was highly disappointing, and not worth spending money on.

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