Somehow there isn't a thread for this film?
Okay, first things first, McAvoy performs his ass off and basically makes the film, but just about everything else here is flat and lifeless. All the other characters and actors are passable at best and the filmmaking feels like the most pedantic work that anyone could have done. It makes me wonder if M Night just had some great cinematographers for those early films because boy is this film dull.
I couldn't help but compare this to 10 Cloverfield Lane which had a similar claustrophobic setting but was far more tense and terrifying because of the filmmaking and the fact everyone in that film could actually act.
Anyway, the reason I post in the spoiler section is it seems like the entire plot of the film hinges on the reveal at the end that this is set in the same universe as Unbreakable. Seriously, screw that. I don't mind him being a supernatural being, I basically thought that was where it was going from the start, but to play up the whole mental insanity angle and then have it turn out that he has superpowers somehow just felt cheap and unearned. And the film heavily implies that his mental illness is what gives him power as the different personalities cause him to exhibit different physical qualities? As someone who suffers from mental illness, I find that idea super offensive.
Plus, the film never really explores how that might work with the personalities that are gendered female. It teases it with Hedwig seeming to be weaker and act like a prepubescent boy, but with all those personalities you could have really done something to showcase how the different personalities might exhibit different abilities. Either double down on the split personalities manifesting powers or just don't touch on a subject you can't treat with the nuance and respect it deserves.
I started the film feeling like the film was exploitative and as it progressed, I just got angry that he exploits this idea and then makes the most pedantic, bland version of it he could realize. This could have been a proper madhouse by the end but instead it felt like a really shitty version of the climax of Blade Runner. I thought I'd give M. Night another shot, but I'm done. He's in the doghouse. I don't want to see any future films he makes. As a teen I had so much respect for this guy and he's just absolutely squandered all the goodwill he built up with those early films. Man, this film disgusts me.