Homage to Split
Clara Darko’s M. Night Shyamalan Collection
Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD (we’ve secretly always wanted to type that).
Split is the best M. Night Shyamalan film in recent memory. The story is focused on three girls who are kidnapped in broad daylight by a man named Kevin with Dissociative Identity Disorder (James McAvoy) who has no less than 23 personalities. These personalities range from the obsessive-compulsive Dennis to matriarchal Patricia and boyish Hedwig. As the girls struggle to escape their hellish prison, Kevin’s therapist slowly realizes that something is off about him, which may be related to a sinister 24th personality that he had mentioned before. Long story short (too late?), one of the girls (Anya Taylor-Joy) escapes, and we eventually come to find out, in true Shyamalan fashion, that this movie is actually a sort of villain origin story and a sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable.
We are eagerly awaiting Glass, the next film in this series, starring Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, and of course, James McAvoy. In case you need a reminder, or missed “Split” altogether and don’t mind spoilers, check out the montage video created by talented editor Clara Darko, who made the montage as her personal tribute to the film. Split: Broken and Evolved takes the viewer through several key scenes in the film, spliced with dialogue and slow, plodding music. If you like the format, be sure to check out Darko’s other montages on her YouTube channel.
Glass hits theaters in January 2019, and Split: Broken and Evolved is just the refresher we needed.