Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sometimes Broken things stay broken


The Broken 2008
Director: Sean Ellis
Writer: Sean Ellis
Starring Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Asier Newman, Michelle Duncan and Melvil Poupad

Finally I am at the last of this year's Afterdark Horrorfest films, and I wish I could say I save the best for last, but sadly that is not the case. Now mind you, it wasn't as horribly confusing as Voices, but it was still bad nonetheless. This film was an interminable bore and it is a shame, since it cribbed from 2 great genre films Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Mirrors. It just seemed to prolong beyond needed every scene, just to make sure you got the point they were trying to bash into your head. It seemed to me that the film was a lesson in futility, especially the viewer who is subjected to it.
The plot setup is this Gina (Headey) is at a birthday celebration for her father (Jenkins) and she goes home and starts hearing and seeing odd things. As she is out on the street she sees someone driving a car who looks exactly like her. She is spooked so follows her into her apartment and sees a picture of the woman with her father, she hears footsteps and runs out and is driving along when she gets into a bad traffic collision. She doesn't remember anything but as she gets better the people around here start changing their personality dramatically, and she feels they are not who they purport to be. This all leads to a finale where all her questions are answered whether she wants them to be or not.
God, this film was an insufferable bore. The director really was a problem he liked to dwell on scenes for way too long a time, and for many times for no discernible point. The writing is just as bad, boring as hell and it seems to drag on forever. Only bright spot is the actors, I always have liked Headey and she does a fine job. Jenkins is superb as always too, they just cannot carry the film on their own. The effects are minimal at best, and there is a little T & A but not enough to entertain you. I just think this film is a failure on all counts and really one to avoid.
This one gets 2 out of 5

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