In America, nearly 200,000 people are diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) every year. The disorder is characterized as an intense form of dissociation, or a lack of connection in memories, thoughts, feelings, actions, or knowing oneself. In addition, people with DID demonstrate two or more different identities; it is believed that it is a reaction to trauma and acts as a coping mechanism.
In the psychological thriller Split, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the story follows three girls—Casey, Marcia, and Claire—who are kidnapped by a man named Dennis, who is one of the personalities of Kevin Wendell Crumb. Crumb has been diagnosed with 23 different personalities due to the trauchild abuse as a young boy.
In order for the girls to escape, they must try to please the identity that is currently present. Some of the identities the girls encounter are Dennis, Patricia, and Hedwig, who is a 9 year-old boy.
Barry, who is considered to be the controlling body, goes to see his therapist Dr. Fletcher quite often, and reveals information about “The Beast,” the 24th personality that has not yet been brought forward due to the control of the other personalities.
The biggest struggle to survive arises for the girls when “The Beast” overtakes the other personalities. In order to escape, they must use their wit, strength, and agility to overtake “The Beast,” who has qualities unlike any ordinary human.
Thrillers are in no way my favorite movie genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie. It remained at a steady pace with lots of action, and even some comedy. I give this movie a 4.5 out of five stars. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I think it’s definitely worth your time to go see.