Review: The SPSCC Motion Picture Company Recommends “Split” and “Westworld”

Split is a suspense film with a few surprisingly humorous characters. The plot line of this film centers around three kidnapped girls locked in a room by a single body with multiple personalities residing inside. We watch the girls naturally trying to escape and manipulate the various personas over the course of the film. These personas are all well distinguished through behavior, speech, and dress. Some of these personas are trying to help the girls, others keep them captive, and one that plays each side. Making for an interesting dynamic between all characters.
Key points for attending this film center around the visuals and the lead actor of the film. The various shots within the film are artistically very well done. Many of the shots are taken from various angles, especially appealing are certain shots within a forest scene, and those taken initially in the room for the captives. One negative effect of this is, they are so well done that they look unrealistic at points, due to being so visually appealing. Nonetheless, I did not find it took away from the film.
The main antagonist of the film played by James McAvoy fills his role perfectly. Watching the film, he makes various little nuances that allow him to subtlety and clearly transform from persona to persona. The personas themselves earning various reactions from the audience. One in particular caused the theater to erupt with laughter, a pleasant yet unexpected aspect of this film. The best part of McAvoy’s performance is the subtle body language movements and facial cues. So be sure to take note of those when watching. In all, I would highly encourage anyone to see this film for its over-all execution of plot, visual appeal, and a great performance by James McAvoy.
Westworld, an HBO series, “where dreams come true.” A whole world constructed to live out your deepest desires in a place where sin and consequence means nothing; the wild west. This show takes you on a thrill-seeking adventure, as the “guests” who pay money to live out their dream of taking on the wild west do just that. The citizens of this fantasy world are robots, programmed and designed to look and interact like your everyday human.
The show follows around a few lead characters, but just like in HBO’s other hit T.V. series “Game of Thrones”, you can’t really say if any particular group is the “main” group. The show delves into the idea that the robots may be conscious even though they were only programmed to perform certain actions pertaining to their roles with a little improvisation. It makes the viewer wonder about what makes us different from the robots. They walk, talk, and act just like us so maybe we’re not too different.
The acting is very well done here. The robots act like people, but there are times where they need to act like lifeless machines as well, switching from emotional to emotionless in an instant. The shots are beautiful. The whole amusement park, where the show takes place, looks like the outskirts of Vegas with expansive desert and mountains, while the inner towns look like real western towns would have looked back in that era. The storyline follows a few characters inside and outside the park, where the robots are being made and where defects and other issues are dealt with.
It’s hard to imagine what it would be like in a world where you could get away with almost anything, yet the show provides a peek at what that’s like through the experiences of the “guests”. Some of the guests are there as a family to just have fun in the wild west and shoot some of the outlaws that wander into town, while others head out into the great expanse where the programmed stories in the park get progressively more dangerous the farther out they roam. On the other side of things, some of the robots start acting out of their programming and decide to do things their way. This causes problems for management, but it’s fun for the viewer to see them panic.
If you love robots and cowboys, then this show is about just that. Living life on the edge, far from any real-world consequences, is quite a narrative to explore. You’ll soon discover, it might not always be as fun as you think.
Contributing Film Club members include: A.M. Leo & Ali AlHawachi
If you’re interested in joining the film club, meetings are held Monday in building 27 room 119 and Friday in building 27 Room 114 from 12PM to 1:30PM.

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