REVIEW: GLASS

Starring

Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers)
James McAvoy (Starter for 10)
Bruce Willis (Die Hard)
Sarah Paulson (Ocean’s 8)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch)
Spencer Treat Clark (Much Ado About Nothing)
Charlayne Woodard (Twister)
Luke Kirby (Little Woods)
Leslie Stefanson (The Hunted)

Samuel L. Jackson in Glass (2019)Three weeks have passed since the kidnapping of three young girls orchestrated by Kevin Wendell Crumb, who was dubbed as “the Horde” by the media due to his dissociative identity disorder which produced two dozen identities. One of the girls was Casey Cooke, who survived an attack from the one of Kevin’s personalities, “the Beast”, who allowed her to escape because she was “pure” and had experienced suffering at the hands of a sexually abusive uncle. Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, and James McAvoy in Glass (2019)David Dunn (a superhuman vigilante dubbed “the Overseer” by the internet) and his son Joseph track down Kevin to an abandoned factory where he has four cheerleaders hostage, but David is confronted and attacked by the Beast. Their battle is stopped by a group of police officers led by Dr. Ellie Staple, who places both men in Raven Hill Memorial Mental Institution. David’s destined foe and terrorist – Elijah Price / Mr. Glass – is also being held there for bombing the Eastrail 177 train 16 years ago (the train crash of which David was the sole survivor and exposed his superhuman nature).[N 2] David and Kevin are placed in separate rooms, each with unique security measures to prevent them from escaping or posing a threat. David is placed in a specialized room which would blast water to him, which he considers his Achilles’s heel. Kevin is then placed in a room with “hypnotic lights” which will force one personality to change to another once activated.Staple explains that her job is to convince those who believe they are superhuman but in fact they are simply deluded figures; she tells them she has been given three days to convince each of them of this, otherwise they will be sent to trial. Staple gets help from Elijah’s mother, Joseph, and Casey, who all visit at different ocassions, but fail to convince them. As part of her final evaluation, Staple brings the three men to a room together where she tests David and Kevin’s psyches. That night, Elijah escapes his cell to research about Kevin but is discovered by Staple who performs a prefrontal lobotomy on him. However, Elijah had already sabotaged the machine earlier, in anticipation of what will happen if he gets caught. Elijah is returned to his cell but escapes again after killing his caretaker Daryl. He then breaks out Kevin and allies himself with the Beast. Elijah contacts David and announced his plan to reveal the Horde at a new skyscraper in the city of Philadelphia, where he also plans to blow up a chemical company unless David stops the Beast.Convinced, David begins to pursue the Beast outside the institution, but Joseph intervenes. He reveals that Kevin’s father died in the same train crash David survived, which left Kevin alone with his mother to abuse him; hence the creation of his personalities, sworn to protect Kevin. The Beast thanks Elijah for his creation but turns on him and breaks him for Kevin’s protection. He then turns to David and throws him to the water-tank. David regains enough strength to escape the tank. Before the Beast flees to the skyscraper, Casey summons Kevin to the light and he is mortally wounded by one of Staple’s snipers.He dies in Casey’s arms with the Horde giving Kevin the light. One of Staple’s security then kills David by repeatedly shoving his face in a flooded pothole. Staple reveals to David that she is part of a clandestine organization working to conceal the existence of superhumans. Staple goes to a dying Elijah and explains a global theory that masterminds have suppressed and destroyed superhuman heroes and villains for millennia to protect civilization from the tyranny of living “gods” among men. Staple deletes footage from the cameras of the institution to report her mission a success, but discovers Elijah had hacked the computers and live-streamed the footage to a private network. Distraught, Staple enters one of the institution’s hallways and screams over the failed mission. Elijah’s mother, Joseph, and Casey all receive copies of the footage, which they release to the public, revealing the existence of superhumans to the world.This is coming from someone who has been looking forward to this movie for a long time. I thought the acting was fantastic, especially James McAvoy who plays all the personalities fantastically. Bruce Willis doesn’t phone it in and actually does a good job. If you’re expecting a superhero movie, you’re not going to get one. This is most definitely and physcological thriller that happens to have superheroes. This film is filled with incredible memorable moments that you’ll certainly remember walking out of the movie. However, the end will turn a lot of people off, as it goes in directions that are very divisive. If you go in with an open mind, I think you’ll enjoy most of it.

REVIEW: SPLIT

CAST

James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse)
Anya Taylor-Joy (Vampire Academy)
Betty Buckley (The Happening)
Haley Lu Richardson (Ravenswood)
Jessica Sula (The Lovers)
Brad William Henke (Fury)
Sebastian Arcelus (Ted 2)
Neal Huff (Moonrise Kingdom)
Kim Director (Inside Man)
Lyne Renée (Ober)
Bruce Willis (Unbreakable)

Three teenagers, Claire, Marcia, and outsider Casey, are kidnapped and held captive by “Dennis”, one of 23 personalities present in the mind of Kevin Wendell Crumb, a victim of childhood abuse diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder.Over the years, Kevin has been treated by his psychiatrist Dr. Karen Fletcher, and appears stable: within his mind, all of his personalities sit in chairs in a room, waiting for their turn “in the light”, i.e. controlling the body, while “Barry” controls who gets to go in the light. Two personalities, “Dennis” and “Patricia”, are kept out because of Dennis’ voyeuristic tendencies and obsessive–compulsive disorder, and both personalities’ worshiping of “The Beast”, a rumored 24th personality.The three girls realize Kevin’s nature when they meet “Patricia”, who dresses as a woman. Casey seeks to befriend “Hedwig”, a personality that claims to be a nine-year-old boy, who confides that the girls will be sacrificed to “The Beast”. He says that he stole control over the light from “Barry” and was persuaded to help “Dennis” and “Patricia”. When Claire attempts to escape, “Dennis” locks her in a separate cell. “Dennis” masquerades as “Barry” while attending a meeting with Dr. Fletcher, but she realizes that “Dennis” and “Patricia” have supplanted “Barry” as the dominant personality. Marcia tries to escape next but is caught and also placed in a different cell. Casey continues to befriend “Hedwig”, having earlier heard him mention a window in his bedroom.“Dennis” and Dr. Fletcher talk about Kevin’s father, who abandoned Kevin as a child. The personalities began manifesting to help Kevin cope with the abuse he was subjected to by his mother, who suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder. They also talk about how a month previously, two girls had placed “Dennis’s” hands upon their breasts as part of a dare, which Dr. Fletcher theorizes is what drove “Dennis” and “Patricia” to take over. Casey persuades “Hedwig” to take her to his bedroom, but she is distraught to learn that the “window” in the bedroom is only a drawing of a window. Hedwig, realizing Casey tricked him, becomes upset but she reminds him that he was going to show her something cool. Hedwig reveals a walkie-talkie, but Casey is subdued by “Patricia” as she unsuccessfully attempts to radio for help.Casey experiences flashbacks of being molested as a young child by her uncle John, who became her legal guardian after her father’s death. Dr. Fletcher begins to suspect that “Dennis” is responsible for the kidnappings, and decides to make an unscheduled visit to where he lives. During the visit, she discovers Claire is being held captive at Kevin’s house. But before she can do anything, Dr. Fletcher is caught, drugged, and locked up by “Dennis.” He soon leaves the facilities, and on an empty SEPTA train car, turns into “The Beast”, manifesting superhuman speed, strength, and agility.“The Beast” returns home. Knowing that the only way to call to the real Kevin is to speak his full name, Dr. Fletcher writes it on a piece of paper before being killed by “The Beast”. “The Beast” then kills and eats Marcia and Claire, while Casey stumbles upon Fletcher’s corpse and her note. She briefly calls Kevin to “the light” by speaking his name. Horrified by his actions, Kevin orders Casey to kill him with his shotgun before his other personalities begin to take over. As “The Beast” returns, Casey shoots him, but only lightly injures him. “The Beast” voices his plans to rid the world of the “untouched”, those whose hearts are impure because they have never suffered in their lives.“The Beast” begins to bend apart the bars of the cage in which Casey has locked herself, but then notices numerous old, faded scars on her shoulders and lower torso, many of which are evidence of self mutilation from cutting. He then rejoices in the fact that she is “pure”. Concluding that troubled people are exceptional, “The Beast” spares Casey’s life and leaves. Casey is rescued by one of Kevin’s coworkers and learns she was being held underneath the Philadelphia Zoo, where Kevin worked and lived. Casey is asked by a police officer if she is ready to return home with her uncle. She hesitates to answer. In another hideout, “Dennis”, “Patricia”, and “Hedwig” exert collective control over Kevin’s body and admire the power of “The Beast” and their plans to change the world. In a diner, patrons listen to the media coverage of Kevin’s crimes, for which he has been nicknamed “The Horde”. One of the patrons notes the similarity between Kevin and a terrorist who uses a wheelchair and was arrested 15 years prior. The man sitting next to her, David Dunn, reminds the patron that the terrorist’s name was “Mr. Glass”.M night shyamalan is a very hit and miss director but luckily split is an absolute hit for many reasons! Fantastic original story that’s genuinely creepy and tense and very well paced out keeping you guessing with chilling reveals as the story unfolds.