"The Broken" DVD
Headey in The Broken.
Welcome to the second
installment of the After Dark Horrorfest: Eight Films to Die For
3 series, and today we're going to be tackling The Broken. If
you've read these before, you may already know that I like to
try and arrange them according to how I think they'll do from
worst to best in order, after the first year's disastrous mistake
of handling my favorite first. Today we're tackling The Broken--how
will it fare? Let's find out.
When a successful radiologist
notices her double driving around the streets of London, said
radiologist is a little surprised. When she follows her double
around, back to where her double lives, she discovers the start
of a mystery that may well end up killing her. Now, with no one
to trust, and a whole world seemingly out of whack, can she discover
I have to admit right
off that The Broken does a surprisingly good job of building
dread. There are a lot of suspenseful moments in this, and it's
frankly a downright shame that so few of them ever pay off. The
whole concept of "the man (or woman, depending) in the mirror"
is a spectacularly freaky--they took a run at this idea back in
Mirrors, but The Broken is actually a much more cerebral
and urbane version. Where Mirrors depended on jaw-pulling and
throat-slitting, The Broken depends on mirror versions
of people--personalities and all--in our world. How odd, how vaguely
horrifying, when a person that looks just like us but thinks completely
differently, is running loose in our world, our face on their
bodies, our reputations in their hands.
The down side to
The Broken, of course, is that they're not exactly sure just
where they're going with all this. Why, exactly, do the mirror
people want out? Do they prefer our world? Is their world an abyssal
black hell from which everyone wants to leave? Or are they just
ooo spooky evil and just want us all dead? I don't know what the
deal is, exactly, but the whole thing makes precious little sense.
They had a good idea, they just didn't explain it very well, and
that's the ultimate tragedy of The Broken--it could've
really been something, but because they didn't add on a whole
lot of exposition, most of the point is lost.
The ending does manage
to do a good job of summing up the narrative as it was, but again,
I was left with a whole lot more questions than answers.
The special features
include a slew of trailers at the beginning and some Miss Horrorfest
All in all, this is
definitely not the Horrorfest's finest hour--pretty far from it,
in fact. It's not necessarily a bad movie, it's just a very incomplete
movie. Frankly, if this one's the dog of the bunch I'm in for
a FANTASTIC Horrorfest.
Directed by Sean Ellis
Written by Sean Ellis
Starring Lena Headey, Ulrich Thomsen, Melvil Poupard, Michelle
Produced by Lene Bausager
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