No question, if law enforcement ever does catch up with Kevin, psychiatrists would declare him unfit to stand trial. In the film "The Split," one of his 24-something personalities kills his therapist and two teenage girls. But which personality would be in court?
This study of hard-core insanity is bone-chilling.
But as we sit through the emotional ordeal of this suspenseful film we wonder: Is Kevin's myriad selves simply a complex version of most people? Had human beings not so many personas, there will be a lot less bad marriages, murders/suicides, personal frauds, cheated partners in business and prominent lawyers who stun the legal community when arrested for child porn or embezzlement.
Another thing going through our mind is that blatant issue: The broken survive.
Kevin isn't caught after the murders. As a very young child he had been brutally punished by his mother. Meanwhile his "normie" therapist is done in by her patient.
And the only one of the three kidnapped girls who makes it through is Casey. Since she was a toddler she hade been molested by her uncle. Claire and Marcia are "normies." They are clueless what to do in crisis.
A third issue is the theory proposed by Dr. Fletcher that multiple personality disorder demonstrates how thought processes determine everything from diseases to superhuman strength. For example, only one of Kevin's personalities has diabetes. And another one is literally bullet-proof. Can we human beings think our way into better health? Or the flight from failure? Personality Barry had held a job for 10 years.
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