A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
A little girl walks into a construction site and falls to her death. A woman falls onto her side and impales her head through rebar. Fighting in an elevator, resulting in a shooting death. Reckless driving. Talk of a drunk-driving accident from a character's past that resulted in two fatalities. Some blood and gore, including scenes of cadavers in hospitals with their organs removed. Gunshots. Explosions. A brief shot of a dead wolf.
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"F--k" used a few times. "Motherf---er," "bulls--t," "s--t," "goddamnit," "ass." Middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Can of RC Cola prominently shown in one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character buys mini bottles of alcohol and pours it into his coffee. Talk and flashbacks to a drunk-driving accident that resulted in two fatalities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fractured is a 2019 thriller in which a man believes that a hospital has kidnapped his wife and daughter. There are some violent moments throughout, including scenes in which a woman is shown falling over and getting impaled through the head with a piece of rebar, and a young girl falling to her death in a construction site. Some gory imagery, including cadavers in hospitals with their organs removed. A brief shot of a dead wolf. Reckless driving. Fighting, with guns, kicks, punches. "F--k" and variations used a few times, as well as "s--t" and "ass." Lead character shown pouring mini bottles of alcohol into his coffee while at a gas station. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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