Being a Netflix fan, I like watching Netflix Original movies and series. Each week Netflix brings to us some incredible films and series among them; some are truly amazing, and some are average. So, last night, I watched Netflix’s ‘Fractured,’ and here is the review of Brad Anderson’s film.
So, Brad Anderson has directed a mystery movie that has a puzzle to solve. Sam Worthington who plays the role a failed husband and father Ray Monroe, is a recovering alcoholic struggling with his marriage.
The movie begins with Ray quarreling with his wife Joanne (Lily Rabe) about failing his responsibilities and a broken marriage and their little daughter Peri sitting on the back.
The family is returning from the Thanksgiving dinner and driving through an isolated road when Peri wanted to go to the bathroom, and they halt near a rest-stop where the tragedy takes place.
When Peri couldn’t find her make-up kit, both Ray and Joanne started looking for it. Peri, out of curiosity, walks right into the corner of an unconstructed area when, by seeing a stray dog she gets scared. When Ray found her, she was already standing right on edge and he throws a rock towards the dog. As Peri tipping backward and he dives in after her.
Do you think Peri and Ray survived?
Well, you have to find.
Anderson has successfully driven an element of suspense in Netflix’s ‘Fractured,’ but he kept dragging the story. The conflict between a panicked parent and a hospital is a familiar story.
Ray’s wife and daughter suddenly disappear, and the plot shows and makes us believe that it is the hospital that is responsible for the disappearance of Ray’s family. An illusion used to shift the focus from a guilty father and husband and victimizes the health care center.
At this point in time, compassion generates for Ray. But the film focuses less on the disintegrating mental state of Ray. I like how Anderson has lined a series of sequences describing why Ray is broken and so desperate in fixing his marriage and not letting go of his daughter.
The horrifying death of his first wife, which kills him from inside because he thinks it was his fault why she is dead. Also, Joanne’s statement ‘do something’ in his subconscious which keeps reminding him of his being a ‘failed husband and father.’
His subconscious mind has taken over his consciousness, and he sees everything blur, not clearly.
The doctors in the hospital kept saying, ‘You don’t see clearly.’
The storyline became entirely predictable after the scene when Ray went to the spot of her daughter’s accident with two police and the psychiatrist.
The story inside Ray’s head is pretty monotonous. The narrative could have added something extra or substantial reasons like a story behind the death of his first wife or anything that could add up more pathos to the character.
There is a lack of emotional connection with the character Ray. It’s like he is just an unhappy and miserable person who fails in maintaining his relationships because once he was an addict.
Why was he
an addict or how his addiction affected his two marriages? Fractured is presenting
before us an unresolved solution to a core problem.
Netflix’s Fractured is not entirely an unworthy movie to watch. It is an average mystery thriller film on Netflix that you can watch one-time.
I felt, Anderson and his team could have uplifted the film to an entirely new level if they could have brought a twist in the too plain narrative.