I thought I'd given up on M. Night Shyamalan.
To be honest, I may still have. I don't get how the first three movies in one's career can some of the best modern filmmaking around. Then all of a sudden, all the good ideas are gone for good. I guess I shouldn't say that. I think "The Village" and even "The Happening" could have been good movies, perhaps even great movies in somebody else's hands. But is that really something good to say?
I will say this about Mr. Shyamalan, he still creates quite the marketing campaign. I may not have liked a single Shyamalan film in over a decade, but when the right trailer hits. I can't help but dig it. I love James McAvoy like this before, and I think if Shyamalan plays his cards right, he could give us one of McAvoy's career highs. I have already read online several people comparing McAvoy's to Perkins from Alfred Hitchock's "Psycho." In a way, I can see it. We never see James McAvoy play a sadistic, amoral son of a bitch. It just never really happens.
I may shoot myself in the foot (a January release is usually NOT a good sign), but I have to say I am intrigued by this trailer. It seems M. Night Shyamalan isn't playing with the big budgets at this point in his career. Yet, it hasn't quite worked out for him yet. I hope "Split" maybe the thing that gets Shyamalan back on top or at least, leads him in that direction.