The Broken (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Jan 27 2009

As a former fashion photographer, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Sean Ellis is obsessed with surfaces: his disastrous debut feature, ‘Cashback’, was about a voyeuristic art student, while his sophomore effort, ‘The Broken’, centres on mirrors – a good metaphor for a film that is shiny and shallow.

Lena Headey plays Gina, a doctor who survives a car crash and begins to question the nature of her reality. An interesting enough premise, except that as Gina’s psychosis deepens the story reveals itself as just another badly thought out remake of an extremely well-worn horror classic. Ellis’s interest in imagery does produce some striking visuals – the slo-mo crash, some gorgeous aerial shots of London – and one supremely effective jolt. But such fleeting pleasures are undermined by an inane, directionless narrative, barely-even-one-dimensional characters and an overall sense of superficiality. ‘The Broken’ proves that Ellis has a promising future as a director – but only of commercials.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Jan 30, 2009

Duration:

88 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Sean Ellis

Screenwriter:

Sean Ellis

Cast:

Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Duncan, Melvil Poupaud

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Jon

Well, am I in the minority or what. Yes, not that original and I worked out that our heroin was actually the anti-heroin fairly early on. But it had atmosphere and I had no trouble watching it to the end. O love London and love watching films with London scenes. 3/5 stars.

shannon

this was a typical english film,no story line and just a load of random stuff put together to make a film,to be quite honest we should leave the film making to the americans, no ofence.

Broke

Honestly - the worst movie I've ever seen. Horribly slow, painfully dull and an ending that makes you want to scream at the screen... well done if you make it to the end. Half a dozen walked out of my screening...

BEN

I think Mr Huddlestons comments are more of a personal nature .... maybe constructive criticism would have been better suited if he did not like the film. I loved the film - thought it was beautifully shot. I am sure Sean Ellis has full UK, if not International support (excluding one narrow minded film critic who is in clear need of anger management......) Can't wait to see what he will do next :)

BEN

I think Mr Huddlestons comments are more of a personal nature .... maybe constructive criticism would have been better suited if he did not like the film. I loved the film - thought it was beautifully shot. I am sure Sean Ellis has full UK, if not International support (excluding one narrow minded film critic who is in clear need of anger management......) Can't wait to see what he will do next :)

Baptiste

You can erase my previous comment, but still, Tom, you don't know what it means to be a good film critic...

Baptiste

You can erase my previous comment, but still, Tom, you don't know what it means to be a good film critic...