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Movie Review: ‘Fractured’ succeeds with wild twists

November 08, 2019 by Kayla Houp

This past weekend was a perfect one for a movie. With temperatures unfortunately beginning to drop and snow beginning to fall, there’s nothing quite like wrapping yourself in a blanket and settling in for a movie.

“Fractured” is a Netflix Original that was released Oct. 11 starring Sam Worthington and Lily Rabe.

Directed by Ben Anderson, the film follows Ray Monroe (Worthington) as he drives his wife, Joanne (Rabe) and daughter, Peri (Lucy Capri) home from a Thanksgiving road trip. Their trip is cut short when Peri is injured in a construction site accident by a rest stop and Ray must rush his daughter to a nearby hospital.

While Joanne accompanies Peri to the basement for sans, Ray waits in the waiting room and falls asleep in exhaustion.

It’s here his nightmare begins. 

He wakes up to find that neither his wife or daughter have returned, and that hospital records indicate they were never in the hospital to begin with.

Despite Ray’s insistence that his wife and daughter were in hospital with him, the hospital staff not only asserts that Ray had come in alone and was treated for a head injury, but provides evidence that he was the only one of his family to have checked in.

One of my favorite things about the film was how well it paired plot with imagery in a way that made the film feel engaging the entire time. I was hooked from start to finish, hanging on every scene and every clue trying to piece together the story and solve the mystery myself.

Worthington is the obvious star of the film, and had an outstanding performance. His character had me on the edge of my seat. You could feel everything he felt. From the desire to save his family to the second-guessing of his own memory, every emotion he had was brought out through Worthington’s performance.

While the rest of the cast were primarily background characters, I felt as though their performances complemented Worthington’s very well. Their story was the counterbalance to Worthington’s and you spend the entire film trying to figure out which story is the right one.  

Though the film evokes much of the same premise as 2005’s “Flightplan,” “Fractured” is still a unique spin on a psychological thriller. It’s a movie that draws on fear, the fear of not being able to trust your own memory, the feet that something is very, very wrong but being unable to prove it, and the fear that something you have done, however inadvertently, terrible has happened to a loved one.

Another strength of the film is the music. It’s really very easy to forget how much sound, or sometimes the lack thereof, does for films, especially in the horror and thriller genres. The film was able to balance the music and the imagery to evoke exactly the emotions it wanted to, and it did it remarkably well. 

The ending was one of my favorite parts of the film, and, without spoiling anything, I think it was really the only way I could see the film ending.  

Ultimately, “Fractured” tells an incredibly haunting, thrilling story that will stick with you long after the credits roll.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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