Split (2017) [4.5/5]

KEVIN HAS 23 DISTINCT PERSONALITIES. THE 24TH IS ABOUT TO BE UNLEASHED.

Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, 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, 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. 

Such a beautiful, emotive and important work to come out of a culture so focused on the notion of identity and all that it represents within the human psyche. Don't judge a book by its cover; don't be fooled by the fact that this film is titled Split, e.g. "split personality disorder" which, by the definition of the DSM, is an improper and non-comprehensive label. For this is one of the most intimate, precise and realized portraits of dissociative identity disorder ever projected onto the big screen (as well as a few extraneous subject matters that I can't get into without detracting from your experience) and, even more so, one of the most genuine contemporary investigations of the skeptic culture surrounding such disorders (and mental illness as a whole) in the modern psychological community. An immediately major piece in the realm of cerebral cinema.

-Eli Hayes