A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Perhaps a warning to be more on your guard before letting strangers into your home.
Positive Role Models
Chris made millions from working in the tech industry, but he seems lost, with no idea what to do next, and his family slipping away. He's also not very admirable, given that he falls a little too easily for Sky's scheme.
Sky is a fascinating character but not an example of clearly positive gender representation. She steals to get what she wants, and relishes destroying lives in the process. All other characters are White men, except for Chris' wife, who only appears in a brief few scenes and has little to do.
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Violence & Scariness
Character beaten with tire iron; leg broken. Power drill through leg cast, with blood spurt. Bloody wounds. Stabbing with sword. Slicing and stabbing with other blades. Gory corpse with forearms slashed. Guns and shooting. Character shot. Thumb sliced off; character tries to use thumb to activate ID reader. Person's head slammed on car dashboard. Choking. Fighting, kicking. Threats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Fairly graphic sex scenes, with thrusting and moaning. Male and female characters shown without shirts on. Passionate kissing. One character sucks another's thumb in a sexual way. It's implied that a main character has more than one sexual partner. Man spies on a naked woman doing yoga (breasts, bottom visible). Women in revealing underwear. Sex-related dialogue. Non-sexual: Female corpse with bare breasts.
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Strong language, with many uses of words including "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "mother----r," "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "goddamn," "hell," and "Jesus/Jesus Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character buys a bottle of wine with the intention of "killing it and passing out." Characters drink wine together; one gulps down a glass. Character confesses to being a "wine nerd" and shows his collection. Casual drinks in bar. Characters walking and holding bottles of beer. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shattered is an erotic thriller about a woman who seduces an internet millionaire and steals his fortune and identity. It's very violent, with slicing and stabbing, bloody wounds, blood spurts, a leg broken with a tire iron, a power drill being put through a leg cast, a severed thumb, guns/shooting, dead bodies, a gory corpse with slit forearms, fighting, etc. Language is also strong, with frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Characters kiss passionately, and there are fairly graphic sex scenes with thrusting and moaning, as well as both male and female characters shown without shirts on and a brief glimpse of a woman's bare bottom. It's implied that the main character has more than one sexual partner. Characters drink wine, sometimes gulping it down, and there are casual drinks in a bar, as well as cigarette smoking. The actors -- including Lilly Krug and Cameron Monaghan -- seem game to be having fun, but the movie is a little too shallow and glossy to really connect. 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 erotic thriller seems to have all of the pieces required by the subgenre, but despite a decent try at some heat, it glides across its cool, glossy surface, forgettable and passionless. Admittedly, Krug is rather terrific in her role as Shattered's evil seductress. Her mouth seems to naturally form a smile when she speaks; it's disarming when she's being pleasant and alarming when she flips to torture mode. ("Mother's maiden name!" she demands sweetly as she revs a power drill.) And how could Frank Grillo, as Sky's swaggering bulldog of a sidekick, and John Malkovich, as a slithery, galumphing, peeping-Tom landlord, not bring some much-needed fun to the movie? Somehow, though, they just don't.
Perhaps Shattered is a little too enamored of its million-dollar look and feel. Everything is chilly and vague, a little too clean and computerized, with screens hanging everywhere in Chris' mansion. (One depicts a futuristic clock so that we can literally watch the time crawling by.) Plus, it's very difficult to believe that anyone who could amass a fortune would be stupid enough to fall for this scheme. And Chris and Sky's relationship moves so fast, based on so little, that the plot developments make little impact. This genre requires a little more abandon to really succeed and this one barely registers a crack, let alone a shatter.
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