Fractured Review - A predictable, pointless psychological thriller

Fractured Review - A predictable, pointless psychological thriller
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Hollywood loves its psychological thrillers. With intriguing storylines, intense camera angles and gripping twists, they make for a perfect watch on a rainy weekend. Sadly, Fractured, which had a good trailer when it released, doesn't live upto expectations. Few viewers might agree that the movie is loosely inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes. But it is a far cry from the veteran filmmakers' masterpiece and is a tedious slog. Plot Sam Worthington plays the role of Ray, a father who wants to get immediate medication to his daughter has fractured her bone during a Thanksgiving family trip. He and his wife Joanne, played by Lily Rabe, rush their daughter to the nearest hospital. They have to endure the medical rigmarole, where their insurance gets rejected, deal with unruly medical staff. If that was not all, the doctor wheels their daughter, Peri, for an MRI scan. Ray, who is tired of the driving and the hospital procedures decides to take a nap. When he wakes up, he asks for his wife and daughter, both of whom have gone missing and the hospital has no records of either of them and the medical staff don't recognize him either. What follows next is an endless search by Ray for his wife and daughter which ends with a shocking twist. Acting Sam Worthington, best known for his role in Avatar, has pretty much a bland role to play in the film. The lack of novelty to the script doesn't leave much scope for the actors to channel their acting skills. The film is completely carried on his shoulders, except for a few instances of Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolosky, who plays the menacingly evil doctor. There are some moments in the film wherein you begin to sympathise with Sam's anguish over losing his daughter and wife and having the doctors question his mental well-being, but it is far too predictable. His arguments with the hospital staff seem repetitive and tepid. Writing Screenwriter Alan McElroy, who's previously written Spawn and Wrong Turn seems to have made an earnest effort in conjuring up a thriller, but Fractured is dull. Towards the end, the audiences begin to lose track of the plot and not even the twist at the end seems to keep people at the edge of their seats. Director Anderson also fails to make this film 'scary' and 'gripping'. True, there are some scenes of gore and violence, with cadavers seen without organs, but they don't seem to keep the viewer hooked. What we found in this Netflix psychological-thriller, is that it is a subtle commentary on the American medical health care and the problems regular citizens face if they have to seek urgent medical attention. There is also a subtle take on organ harvesting, but all in all, it was an effort gone waste. To put it in simple words, it just not interesting enough to be a psychological thriller. We have seen the plot of 'a man waking up with people around him having no memory of him' has been done to death in Hollywood. Half an hour into the movie and you would be guessing the climax. This movie isn't worthy of your time! Rating: 1/5

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