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The twist? (spoilers for Split and the Village)


I read on IMDB that this movie had a twist ending. Was the twist supposed to be the David Dunn cameo at the end? if so, not really a twist. David could have shown up in any movie. He could have been in a diner at the end of the Village "those people all disappeared just like that guy in the wheelchair disappeared. What was his name?".

Was that really it or was the twist supposed to be that McAvoy's character had real powers? Or something else?

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I think the twist is both, the beast is 'real' and Split belongs to the same universe as Unbreakable.

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You kinda have a point about Dunn showing up in any (M. Night) movie, but the truth is Unbreakable and Split were always meant to be in the same universe. So can his surprise appearance be considered a twist? I think it can to a degree.

As for the beast, it’s much less of a surprise when we see him appear since he’s obviously mentioned throughout the entire movie. But, despite knowing this and being familiar with M. Night’s tricks, it’s fairly shocking because nothing supernatural really happens in the movie until that final act. While an M. Night twist that throws you off guard was to be expected, for a while it genuinely felt as if this movie was going to stay in the psychological thriller genre. So when the beast appears, the whole tone of the film changes. And idk about you, but when it happened it sorta had the same effect on me twists in other movies gave me.

Twist or no twist, I think that’s for the viewer to decide.

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Thanks. At least i know i didn't miss anything. I do have to admit that i was surprised at the beast's emergence in the third act but i wouldn't call it a twist because we were flat-out told about it throughout the movie.

The Sixth Sense, on the other hand, is an example of a twist done exactly right. The movie didn't cheat at all as all the indications were there but they were nothing you would pick up on until it was revealed.

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Same. At first I was disappointed. "Really? We're really doing this, huh?"
But for as much criticism as the supernatural element got, I'd rather have had it and then the tie-in with Unbreakable than not had it and have this be a stand-alone movie.

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I thought the twist was "Holy cow, I've been watching a prequel to the 'Unbreakable' sequel this whole time!"

Cool screenname , btw.

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I've been watching a prequel to the 'Unbreakable' sequel this whole time!"

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are you saying Split is a prequel to Unbreakable or Sequel?

because I dont think its either, Maybe A sequel if you really push it...

but I see no way it which it could be a prequel...

The movie clearly takes place after The Events of Unbreakable...

PS LOVED the movie, tied for my #1 favorite movie of 2017..."Glass" is my Most anticipated movie of 2019

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It’s definitely after Unbreakable. What I was trying to say is that Glass is the real Unbreakable sequel because it will continue the story of Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson. Split was an unrelated story until the awesome final shot of Willis. Maybe a better way of saying it is that both Unbreakable and Split are prequels to Glass. Or maybe prequel/sequel are the wrong terms completely and it’s more like a mini MCU. We don’t think of The Avengers as a sequel of Iron Man or Thor.

I’m pretty excited for Glass too. Wish it was this year instead of 2019...

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It's not a twist, it's a reveal according to Shyamalan. Not only is this film in the same universe as Unbreakable, we realize that this is actually a Supervillain origin story and the sequel to Unbreakable. The third in the film will tie these 2 together all the more for a major fight/confrontation.

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My main gripe with the ending is that the could have gotten a better actor to try and remember David Dunn's name. Even the staging of that scene was pretty poor. This woman trying to recall David Dunn who just so happens to be sitting next to her and when he confirms it for her she just nods and walks away. I know she probably just thought he was a stranger and not the actual David Dunn, but I got a tremendous chuckle from that and it made the whole revelation cheesy.

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She wasn't trying to recall David's name she was trying to recall MR Glass's name. In unbreakable it never stated that David Dunn was made famous for letting the cops/fbi know about Mr Glass. Also it seemed David wanted to be left alone. So people would not have who he was.

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Just watched this last night and loved it.

Just a shame he had to **spoiler** eat those girls out the wrong way around.

Anyway, James Mac killed it and I was watching how he changed between personalities. Excellent.
Someone on another thread mentioned that the old lady was trying her best to get killed and I was laughing when I read that because that's what I was thinking too whenever she was on screen.

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"nyway, James Mac killed it and I was watching how he changed between personalities. Excellent."

Yeah McVoy's performance made this movie IMO, and his transitions are what really sold his performance. Pretty amazing to watch...totally convincing.

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