This wonder of M. Night Shyamalan between psychological terror and superhero cinema arrives on Prime Video

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M. Night Shyamalan’s career is as full of surprising twists and turns as his own films. When it seemed that his time in blockbusters had left him touched after failures like ‘Airbender’ or ‘After Earth’, he came off the hook with that macabre jewel that was ‘The Visit’. And this piece followed, ‘Multiple‘, which has just arrived on Prime Video and which was not only a monstrous success (barely 9 million dollars in budget, more than 278 in collection), but also opened the door to subsequent films by the director, although we entered the field there of spoilers.

The very small budget is due, as was the case in ‘La visita’, to the total restriction of characters and settings, which in this case fits the film like a glove, since it basically tells the confinement of three girls, kidnapped by an unbalanced person who has 23 personalities. Although an additional one, 24, is on its way to taking control of all the others. And that is what brings ‘Multiple’ closer to a kind of intimate version of the convention of the multiple superheroic personality, which ‘Legion’ treated so well and that we recommended a few days ago.

With no more pretensions than to pose a tense exercise in suspense, Shyamalan leaves the entire film in the hands of an incredible James McAvey as the dangerous Kevin riding his multiple personalities, and who with just one look is able to make us understand that who rules has changed. his psyche. And in front of him an equally magnificent Anya Taylor-Joy, who gives a dose of extra charisma to the topic of final girl and establishes a nuanced relationship with the predator.

A mature take on multiverses and parallel realities for an excellent espionage series

The excellent photography by Mike Gioulakis, who already worked on ‘It Follows’, gives a nightmarish tone to a film that never yields to the temptation of torture porn to which it seems that the argument is going to end up drifting and that possibly would have taken the film to more topical lands. The result, luckily, is much more exhilarating than that.

M. Night Shyamalan’s career is as full of surprising twists and turns as his own films. When it seemed that…

M. Night Shyamalan’s career is as full of surprising twists and turns as his own films. When it seemed that…

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