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Fractured is a Netflix original film that will keep you guessing until the very end. Just when you think you know the story — you don’t. And isn’t that the best in a psychological thriller?
A lot of times when you settle in for a good thriller, the twist comes, and you’ve already figured out the end. So frustrating! You know what I mean: The guy who’s so helpful to the police ends up being the perp, and it’s so obvious. Or the town your car broke down is full of psycho-maniacs who rule the town. So overdone.
But Fractured is different. Oh, you’ll figure it out, but then you’ll change your mind. Then you’ll change your mind again — and again. And that makes it a worthy adventure to go on.
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The Fractured Storyline
Directed by Brad Anderson and starring Sam Worthington, Fractured takes you on a family road trip that turns into a nightmare.
You see, Ray, along with his wife Joanne and their daughter Peri are on their way to Thanksgiving with the family when they stop for a short rest on the road. During this stop off, Peri has an accident that lands them in the local ER. Just checking into the hospital raises your suspicions as the hospital staff asks very intrusive questions. This leads you to believe this particular hospital doesn’t have the patient’s best interests in mind.
But when you have a daughter in need of emergent medical care, and you’re in an unfamiliar area, it’s not the time to be picky.
So, against their better judgment — and we should all listen to our gut — Ray and Joanne reluctantly agree to a CT scan. And since Joanne is accompanying Peri, what could possibly go wrong?
Poor Ray, exhausted from all the excitement, falls asleep in the waiting room, and when he comes to, no one seems to know anything about his wife and daughter.
Or do they?
The Fractured Characters
No story is worth it’s salt unless you fall in love with the characters, right? Well, Netflix got that right too. Not only do you have adorable little Peri, but you have the doting parents. It’s clear from the beginning that the marriage is in trouble and that Joanne has no respect for Ray, but one thing’s for sure — they love Peri.
And since we don’t have a good idea about why their marriage is on the rocks, that allows us not to take sides. You can relate to both Joanne and Ray. They’re both compelling characters with an intense love for their little girl. And doesn’t family bond us all?
Outside the family, you have the hospital personnel and the local yokel policemen. They’re also compelling because you’re trying to figure out whether you can trust them or not. So, although you don’t like them, necessarily, they do keep your interest in the story as a whole because you don’t know what they’re up to. And it’s fun trying to figure them out.
Get Ready for a Pit in Your Stomach
Prepare yourself. Fractured will take you for a psychological ride you won’t soon forget. It’s one of those movies that, when you get to the end, you’ll rethink the entire thing. You know, like when you find out the plot of Sixth Sense, and you play every scene over again in your mind nodding your head in revelation? Like that.
Check out Fractured on Netflix, then come back here and let us know what you think in the comments! You won’t be disappointed.