Sometimes I harbor the suspicion that some of the problems of modern cinema are due to an unfortunate need to complicate everything as if a feature film were a baroque altarpiece full of knocks, camera tremors, and digital boasting. Faced with that impression, M. Night Shyamalan seems to be happy with two virtues of the cinema of yesteryear: the narrative classicism and the ingenuity of the staging. Multiple leaves us glued to the screen with a couple of qualities. To begin with, an intelligent and well-narrated script, perhaps not as remarkable as that of other films by the director, but lucid enough to stand out in the current panorama. And secondly, with some fabulous interpretations of Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley and a masterful James McAvoy, who emerges victorious from the challenge embodying a disturbed with twenty-three different personalities.
The film includes a couple of surprises that, shortly after the viewer curious about the network, will be ruined. Hence, in this review, he prefers to talk less about the argument and more about other adjacent issues. Shyamalan turns a psychiatric illness, dissociative identity disorder, into the axis of this story of suspense and terror, which very tangentially reminded me of two other films on the same subject, Identity ( Identity , 2003), by James Mangold , and The Three faces of Eva ( The Three Faces of Eve , 1957), by Nunnally Johnson .
The protagonists of Multiple are three teenagers, Claire (Haley Lu Richardson), Marcia (Jessica Sula) and the rebel Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), kidnapped by the lunatic Dennis (James McAvoy) and locked up by him in a mysterious captivity. The film tells us the relationship between the prisoners and their captor and his visits to his psychiatrist, Karen Fletcher (Betty Buckley). As usual in Shyamalan, the details and clues are turning spectators into improvised detectives who have to solve each enigma, before arriving at the final great revelation, exposed according to that formula that Rod Serling consecrated in the soap opera The Dimension (The Twilight Zone, 1959-1965).
True to this legacy of Serling, Multiple is located in that territory that the aforementioned series presented in his opening speech: “In the intermediate zone between light and shadow, between science and superstition, between the well of man’s fears and the top of his knowledge … ” Thus, while Fletcher’s approach to this puzzle is purely scientific, Casey’s intuitive performance is typical of a survivor whose life we will discover step by step. Between both characters, the abyss of the personalities of Dennis opens up, some of which (metaphorically) have long since sold their soul to the devil. Fear, fun, and surprises: there is everything in this film by Shyamalan, a minor heir of Hitchcock whose swings at the box office should not make us forget that he handles the camera as few do in Hollywood.
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