I was beginning to think that there would never be a time where I’d be interested in seeing another film from M. Night Shyamalan, but the things he’s doing here, with James McAvoy look very promising. I don’t want to get ahead of myself and suggest that this film could be the redemption of the “Sixth Sense” director, but I’m hopeful.
Leaving any supernatural aspects of the story aside, just having a chance to see what McAvoy can do with a character inhabited by 23 different personalities is very exciting.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.