SPLIT (2017)

GATUNEK- Horror, Thriller, LEKTOR.PL

OPIS- Człowiek z osobowością wieloraką może myśami wpłynąć na biochemię swego ciała. W ciele Kevina tkwią 23 osobowości. To one podpowiadają mu, co robić. Mężczyzna przetrzymuje w swym domu trzy nastolatki. Tymczasem do głosu zaczyna dochodzić dwudziesta czwarta osobowość. Bestia…

PLOT- Three teenagers, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and outsider Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), are kidnapped by „Dennis”, one of the 23 split personalities inhabiting the body of Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a victim of childhood abuse with severe dissociative identity disorder, and held captive in a cellar. Kevin’s psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley), who believes that in such cases the psychological unbalance can cause physiological changes, is concerned to find an email from Kevin’s dominant personality, „Barry”, asking for a meeting. Over the years Kevin has been treated, he appears to be stable: all of his personalities sit in chairs in a room, waiting for their turn „in the light” (controlling the body), while „Barry” controls who gets to go in the light. Two personalities, „Dennis” and „Patricia”, are kept out of the light. In Dennis’s case, this is because he likes to watch young girls dance naked, and he has both violent tendencies and has obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dr. Fletcher, through her studies, has reached to believing that people like Kevin can overcome their disabilities by moving to different personalities.Later in the movie in an attempt to explain her about his new personality, Kevin reminds her about a blind girl with split personality disorder who could see when she went into another personality. She attends a medical conference online and tries to make her point. She says this can be a solution to all the disabilities,

Claire and Marcia conspire to attack „Dennis”, but are dissuaded by Casey who appears to have experience with abuse and wants to wait for a better chance. The girls realize Kevin’s nature when „Patricia”, who dresses as a woman when in the light, comes and assures them that „Dennis” is forbidden from touching them as they serve a greater purpose. Casey seeks to befriend „Hedwig”, a personality that claims to be a nine-year-old boy, who confides that they will be sacrificed to „The Beast”, a rumored 24th personality, and inadvertently reveals that the cellar has recently been reinforced to hold them. Casey and Marcia barricade the door while Claire attempts to crawl through the fresh drywall, but „Dennis” emerges and stops her, locking Claire in a separate cell.

„Dennis” masquerades as „Barry” and attends a meeting with Dr. Fletcher, dismissing the e-mails, but Dr. Fletcher notices discrepancies in his behavior and quickly realizes „Dennis” and „Patricia” have supplanted „Barry” as the dominant personality, and they discuss the possibility of „the Beast” being real. Casey and Marcia later receive food from „Patricia”, who brings them to the kitchen. Seeing an opportunity to escape, Marcia hits „Patricia” with a chair and flees, but is caught and placed in a different cell. Casey then continues to befriend „Hedwig”, having earlier heard him mention a window in his bedroom.

„Dennis” once again visits Dr. Fletcher, and they talk about Kevin’s father, who abandoned Kevin as a child aboard a train, leading the other personalities to believe that „the Beast” is hidden inside a train car. The personalities began manifesting to help Kevin cope with the abuse he was subjected to by his mother, who suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder. Arriving back to Casey’s cell, „Hedwig” is persuaded to take Casey to his bedroom, but Casey is disappointed to learn there is only a drawing of a window. She grabs a functional walkie-talkie nearby and radios for help before being subdued by „Patricia”. Casey then experiences flashbacks of being molested by her uncle John (Brad William Henke), who became her legal guardian after her father’s (Sebastian Arcelus) death. She was first molested while on a hunting trip with her father and uncle, and she later contemplates killing her uncle with his shotgun, but hesitates and the opportunity is lost.

Dr. Fletcher becomes alarmed by a large number of email messages for help that she receives from Barry, so she rushes to Kevin’s home and realizes he is responsible for the kidnappings. She excuses herself to go to the bathroom and tries to help the girls, but is caught, drugged and locked up by „Dennis”, who then goes into a train car and becomes „the Beast”, manifesting superhuman speed, strength, resilience and agility. Knowing that the only way to call to „the light” the real Kevin is to speak his full name, Dr. Fletcher writes it on a piece of paper before being killed by „the Beast”. Meanwhile, the girls separately try to escape from their cells.

„The Beast” first kills Marcia and then Claire, while Casey stumbles upon Dr. Fletcher’s corpse as well as her instructional note, and briefly calls Kevin to „the light” by speaking his name. Horrified by his actions, Kevin directs Casey to where his shotgun is and orders her to kill him before his other personalities begin to take over, switching from one to the other until „the Beast” returns and corners Casey after she gets the shotgun. She shoots him at point blank range, with no success. „The Beast” then voices his plans to rid the world of the „untouched”, those whose hearts are impure because they have never suffered in their lives.

„The Beast” prepares to devour Casey when he notices scars on her and rejoices in the fact that she is „pure”. Concluding that troubled people are exceptional, „the Beast” spares Casey and leaves, while Casey is rescued by one of Kevin’s co-workers and learns she was being held underneath the Philadelphia Zoo, where Kevin works and lives, in the basement of the maintenance building. In another hideout, „Dennis”, „Patricia”, and „Hedwig” exert permanent control of Kevin’s body and admire the power of „the Beast” and their plans to change the world. Casey is asked by a police officer if she is ready to return home with her uncle. Casey’s look of determination implies she is ready to tell the police about her uncle’s abusive behavior.

In a diner, patrons listen to the media coverage of Kevin’s crimes, for which he’s been nicknamed „The Horde”. One of the patrons notes the similarity between Kevin and a wheelchair-bound serial killer arrested 15 years prior, struggling to remember the man’s name. The man sitting next to her is revealed to be an older David Dunn (Bruce Willis), who reminds the patron that it was „Mr. Glass”.