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The Broken (2008)

“The Broken” is a horror film made for After Dark Horrorfest (produced by After Dark Films), which features Gina McVey (Lena Headey) as a woman who sees a doppelganger of herself driving down the street. The experience sends her down a winding road of denial, possible mental instabilities – and murder. However, like all winding roads, this film travels slowly around each curve to avoid falling off the edge. Does the movie succeed in maintaining intrigue and pace? Sometimes less so than we’d like.

Haven't we all had a moment where we looked at ourselves in the mirror and wondered who might be on the other side and if our reflection is even our own? What? No? OK, well some of us do. “The Broken,” written and directed by Sean Ellis, explores the subject in a body-snatcher style and succeeds, but not as stellar as we'd hope.

The movie maintains its intrigue throughout, but does so at a leisurely pace, which can be frustrating or cause the mind to wander. While the story is reasonably put together, “The Broken” has its gaps.

Gina swears that her boyfriend is not who he says he is, but we only see one shot that shows why she suspects this. For all we know he could have just been feeling extra macho in bed that day. There are other indications that something is going on, but they are so shrouded in mystery that even the ending pulls a shroud over our eyes.

Performances are decent; no one stands out, but no one fails either. Lena Headley is believable and Richard Jenkins (“Six Feet Under”) is a nice addition to the otherwise unknown cast.

Fortunately, “The Broken” isn't a shattered mirror. If you can stand a slow paced, well-shot film, then give this one a try. If not, stay away or you’ll feel as if you're the one who inherited the seven years of bad luck.




Directed by: Sean Ellis
Written by: Sean Ellis
Cast: Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Ulrich Thomasen, Michelle Duncan, Melvil Poupaud

Source of the Bitter: JAS

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