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Opinion: ‘Split’ sheds light on mental illness

Abby Eldridge, Staff writer

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“Split” hit theaters January 20, and has been number one in the box office ever since, earning $102.6 billion.

James McAvoy plays Kevin, a man with split personality disorder with 23 different personalities. His main personality being Barry. He is taken out of the spotlight and Patricia, Dennis, and the 9-year-old Hedwig take over.

McAvoy kidnaps three girls for the ‘Beast’ to feed on, his 24th personality. The leading lady, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, is the only girl who survives, and the reason she does is definitely a jaw dropper. But the storyline does not just revolve around the man and his suffering, it focuses on hers also.

In the end, she is set free, but the story is not over. A new man is brought into the equation with the same mental illness. Does that leave room for a sequel?

The acting is impeccable as well as the storyline. A man having 23 personalities is terrifying and it is perfectly portrayed. I would definitely recommend watching this movie, it will change your view on mental illness and the effects it has on the person it affects.

Personally, I love the idea of different personalities and hope to study it one day, so if you are anything like me, you will love this movie. It is easy to tell that it is a low budget movie, but I think that’s what makes it better.

The only thing I would change is the actress that played the leading lady. I didn’t fully believe her character and I think they could have picked a much better actress. But, overall it was an exciting experience and I would definitely watch again.

9.5/10 rating

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