Director & writer: M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan is no stranger to any movie goer or even home movies viewer. He is the one who gave us amazing flicks like “The Sixth Sense”, “Unbreakable” & “Signs” but he is best known for his disaster movies like “The Last AirBender” & “After Earth”. This time around he is back after a gap of few years and we are glad that he took the time off as his return showcases how he is supposed to make movies.
There hasn’t been much thriller movies which would keep the audience glued to their seats and it seems that Hollywood has started to realize the absence. The reason could be anything, ranging from the focus on making money by capitalizing on superhero bandwagon by Marvel and DC to not enough good stories coming in. However, it was good to see an exciting and thrilling movie which left the viewers guessing what would happen next.
The story is about a man Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) with Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or what its recently called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and has 23 distinct personalities. He kidnaps three teenage girls when they are returning from birthday party of one of them with. One of them is a shy young girl, who was invited on the birthday just because her classmates felt for her. They are all sprayed with some medication which leaves them unconscious only to wake up in a room locked from outside. Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) is the shy girl but out of the three she is the only one thinking and assessing the situation. Once conscious, their kidnapper comes and meet them, telling them that he would not harm any of them. On the outside, we see McAvoy meeting up with his doctor and we get to know what is going on. All the girl would have think about how to get out of it as every time a new personality comes out to meet them. They need to assess and determine which personality would help them escape and which would stop them.
Casey also has a past of her own which is shown in flashbacks and her determination to get out of this situation can be felt. Anya Taylor-Joy does a splendid job in portraying a troubled teenager who has built a facade of bravery for others but inside she is broken.
Once you start watching you will pretty much understand what the plot is about and could even second guess the ending… or can you? No you cannot as the final twist would leave you baffled and excited at the same time. The entire movie is about how different personalities of McAvoy are together and in conflict with each other at the same time. McAvoy played each part with perfection and for me this was an award winning performance. When he first came into limelight in a Angelina Jolie starrer “Wanted”, he impressed everyone with his acting skills. Moving on to become Prof. Charles Xavier in X-Men prequel series cemented his status in Hollywood as a versatile actor.
Overall it is an exciting thriller which should not be missed by any Shyamalan fans and more so by any McAvoy fans. The entire movie is based on McAvoy and Anya and both play their roles perfectly. Of course there are minor loopholes in the story but which movie is perfect (Logan is!). I am expecting another one coming in from Shyamalan pretty soon as there are links in this one to another movie which are a must to be explored further.