Parents' Guide to

Fractured

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense thriller has some gore, violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2019 99 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Trigger warning

I’m 18 And I’ve just watched this movie I do not recommend if you have ptsd from violence. I was sitting there looking at a blank screen For what felt like hours having flashbacks about my past as a child.
age 18+

A disturbing film/ un film troublant

The film is full of actions and the story is interesting. but it is filled with violence, murder and leaves us feeling hopeless Le film est plein d'actions et l'histoire est d'intéressante. mais il est rempli de violence, de meurtres et nous laisse sur un sentiment de désespoir

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (22 ):

This decent thriller does an excellent job of playing on the sympathies of the audience. As the lead character Ray, Sam Worthington comes off as a relatable enough Middle-Aged Everyman trying to protect his family in the face of what appears to be a cold hospital bureaucracy. As the story moves deeper into the mystery, and as Ray grows increasingly desperate in his search for his missing wife and child, it's only natural to root for him as he fights back, even if Ray's perception of reality isn't exactly what's happening.

Which leads to the problem with Fractured. Ray's perception of reality is so much more interesting than the actual story, that, as much as one might root for Ray and his family, you find yourself rooting instead for a surreal external dark parody of American health care as opposed to a resolution that ultimately feels contrived and disappointing. While the ending is unsettling and somewhat disturbing, it's also an ending that seems so obvious, it's easy to feel like a sucker for ever thinking it would be any other way. In spite of this, Fractured is an eerily entertaining journey, even if the final destination isn't a dark-mirrored Twilight Zone.

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