Fractured (2019)

Director: Brad Anderson
Writer: Alan B. McElroy
Cast: Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Lucy Capri, Adjoa Andoh, Stephen Tobolowsky, Lauren Cochrane, Shane Dean
Seen on: 21.2.2020

Ray (Sam Worthington), his wife Joanne (Lily Rabe) and their daughter Peri (Lucy Capri) are on their way home from a Thanksgiving dinner with Joanne’s parents. When they make a quick stop at a gas station, Peri takes a fall and breaks her arm. They hurry to the hospital to make sure that Peri is okay, but something strange is going on there. After Joanne and Peri are taken for a scan, they disappear – and Ray suspects that they have been taken.

Fractured is not very good, nor is it very bad. It’s a run of the mill thriller that thinks it’s a little more clever than it actually is. It was okay to watch, but not much more.

The film poster showing Ray (Sam Worthington) in a twisted hospital corridor, clutching a child's scarf.

The movie builds towards a twist, a big revelation at the end. Only that revelation isn’t really a revelation anymore when it comes around and the movie has been going in too many circles before that: in one of those rotations, my interest was a little lost. In the end, there is one of two possible solutions to the mystery, neither making a great deal of sense. One would have made me scream, the other just shrug. They went for the latter option, which is better than the former but not by much.

In any case, the ending is heavy enough that it should feel like a gut-punch but I couldn’t muster the energy to feel it – and I think that lethargy stemmed mostly from the film itself that felt incredibly lackluster. Did anybody enjoy working on it? From the result, I doubt it.

Joanne (Lily Rabe) holding their daughter Peri (Lucy Capri) as she talks to Ray (Sam Worthington) in the hospital's waiting room.

Now, this film is far from being the worst film I’ve ever seen, but apart from the fact that Sam Worthington and Lily Rabe are really very pretty and give good performances – with the heaviest burden lying on Worthington – I really don’t know why I should recommend this film to anyone. There are so many other films that would be more worth your time.

Ray (Sam Worthington) looking banged up and shocked.

Summarizing: eh.

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