Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Broken (2008)

Director: Sean Ellis

Starring: Lena Headey, Ulrich Thomsen, Melvil Paoupaud, Michelle Duncan, Asier Newman, Richard Jenkins, Daren Elliott Holmes, Howard Ward, Damian O'Hare, Dennis Banks

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Face your fears.

Plot: On a busy street in London, Gina, a successful radiologist, thinks she sees herself drive past in her own car. Stunned by this strange event, Gina follows the mystery woman up to her apartment. From here, events take an eerie turn for the worse which leads to a car accident. Soon Gina's awareness slides from solid reality into a world that will haunt more than just her nightmares as she attempts to unravel the mystery where the only clue is a broken mirror.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Think of this as a British INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) for the art house crowd.  It's quite good, actually.  It's a slow burn for 93 minutes but it's very moody and eerie.  Nice score by Guy Farley.  The fact that things move slowly as Gina (Headey) puts the pieces together really works for me.  It doesn't hurt that the awesome Richard Jenkins also stars.  It's weird I don't have much to say despite digging it.  If it seems like this might be up your alley, I recommend checking it out.  If it's not, there's some serious eye candy courtesy of Lena Headey but if that's the only reason why you'd watch it, you'll be fast asleep by the time you get there.

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