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Ryan Robinson

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2017 is shaping up to be a good year in movies, with one of the first major releases, a suspenseful thriller by acclaimed director, M. Night Shyamalan. Recently, M. Night has been on a downward spiral of filmmaking, with his early releases(The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) being remembered as classics in filmmaking, while his recent releases (After Earth, The Last Airbender) have been seen as flops by most. Does M. Night keep up that downward spiral with his most recent release, or does he go back to his roots as a great director?

   This movie follows three teenage girls who were abducted by a man suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder named Kevin, which causes him to have multiple personalities living inside of his head. While most of these personalities are harmless and just like any normal person, a select few are malicious, and those few personalities take over. Those personalities get that title of “malicious” because of their beliefs, for they believe in another personality called “The Beast” that can climb on walls and has impenetrable skin. The problem with this lies in the fact that the way to provoke and unleash this “Beast” is to kidnap girls so it can feed on them.

   While all of this is going on, Dr. Karen Fletcher, a doctor trying to research Dissociative Identity Disorder, tries to make the world understand people with this condition, and embrace them as an ascended form of man that has unlocked the potential of the mind. She meets with her patients, specifically Kevin, in hopes to understand what causes the other personalities to appear, and finds that it comes from trauma, but does not realize that Kevin has developed evil spirited personalities that believe in “The Beast.” The movie climaxes with a surprising twist that possibly leads into a sequel. While the story is fresh and original, does M. Night Shyamalan ruin it with the lack of directing skills as shown in his recent films?

   This movie actually is surprising, not only in its originality but in its directing. It actually is a well-directed movie that seems to follow a well-organized story that gets to the conclusion without any unnecessary filler to waste the viewers time. That being said, it is not perfect, M. Night leaves many questions completely unanswered.(Questions I will not address, for they are related to the ending of the movie, and I do not wish to spoil any potential future viewership of this film.)

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