M. Night Shyamalan is back in the game with one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve seen in awhile. This movie doesn’t rely as much on the typical horror scheme (i.e., jump scares, predictable plot line, beginning, middle, end) but instead sends your mind around in circles as new characters continue to pop up, all of which are not exactly who you are meant to fear in the end.
These multiple characters come in the form of Kevin Crumb, a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder. When 3 girls are kidnapped by him it is up to them to face his multiple personalities in order to learn the truth and find a way out. James McAvoy is the actor behind the madness whose performance is something that stunned me to no end. He was able to portray these many different characters in such a way that, besides coming from the same body, were completely different people. Without him I don’t think this movie would have stood a chance.
He stars alongside Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) who has to use quick thinking to escape her captor while battling demons from her own past. This story plays on the themes of childhood trauma and the effect it has on the psyche. Shyamalan also plays up the complexity of mental illness and sheds light on DID, a disorder that many seem to sweep under the rug. A must-see for out-of-the-ordinary thrill seekers.