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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Chilling

Author: vchimpanzee
2 November 2006

Dr. Vicki Westin is a surgeon at Jefferson Parish General Hospital. Before she left for work on her birthday, she and her husband Billy were arguing. When she gets home, Billy and daughter Jordan (Zoe Gaber or Zoe Gaffin, depending on the source you go by) are missing. There are no clues as to what may have happened ... until Vicki, getting dressed for bed at 10:00, receives a terrifying phone call. A man with an evil-sounding, apparently disguised voice tells her he has her husband and daughter--and that she has 48 hours to choose which one of them will live. And she is to tell no one, or else both will die.

Vicki went to the police, and just after the call, there are cops at her door. She must make every attempt to convince them that nothing is wrong and that her family members are visiting a relative. The police do not believe her.

Vicki goes to work the next morning, still in the clothes she would have worn to bed if she had been able to sleep. Fortunately, these are not actual pajamas, but people still notice that she looks a mess. She is obviously distraught over something. Worse yet, she has a meeting regarding a disciplinary matter involving Dr. Crenshaw, whose posterior she rescued years ago when he made a mistake--and she's not exactly dressed for it or in the frame of mind to discuss anything intelligently.

Somehow, the kidnapper knows every move Vicki makes, and he constantly harasses her by cell phone and by sending "gifts". And he makes sure the voices of Vicki's family remind her what she must do.

To make matters worse, Vicki soon finds herself on the run from the police for a crime she didn't commit.

It is interesting to watch Vicki solve this mystery while at the same time trying to hide the truth about her situation and keeping the cops from knowing where she is. I started to say the process was exciting, but no, exciting mainly describes the end.

Some other characters in this movie include Scott, a young patient who wants to watch the implosion of the hospital's old building, and the hospital's computer geek Jerry, whose recent upgrades prove valuable in helping Vicki.

The actor playing the kidnapper (no, I can't tell you who he was) did a fine job even when he was talking in his normal voice to Vicki's husband and daughter. He delivered a mostly chilling performance, partly because he tried to seem normal, though he was not quite on the level of, say, Anthony Hopkins.

Tia Carrere did a good job too. I say this mainly because Vicki had to be a good actress as well. And she looked good. I only wish we had seen more of her getting dressed for bed. Only Lara Grice as her friend Cindy got to show off in a bikini, and Cindy had such a nasty attitude I didn't enjoy that.

I enjoyed this.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

A rather dull thriller which is lagging the thrills!

2/10
Author: stokbro from Denmark
17 May 2008

"Torn Apart" is one of the worse films I have watched in a very long time. Leading parts are played by Tia Carrere ("Relic Hunter") and Richard Burgi ("Desperate Housewives"), but the most focus is on Carrere's character Vicki Westin who's a surgeon and married to Billy Westin (Burgi).

The plot goes like this: a mysterious man kidnaps both husband and daughter, Vicki turns desperate and with no prior build up in the plot (apart of course from being a desperate mom and wife) she becomes some sort of heroic action character with quite a lot determination and of course a rather big gun; the only real surprise in the film is that she actually doesn't get to use it.

The thrills are lagging and the plot is unsupported. The acting is horrific. Carrere was actually putting up a better performance in the "Relic Hunter" series which does tell a lot. But as I said the characters are shallow, feelings of any type is exaggerated and what is worse: Carrere's character lags unity.

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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Nicely done TV Thriller

9/10
Author: mewveegirl3 from Ohio
30 September 2004

I watched this on lifetime based on the movie pick in TV Guide and really enjoyed it. If you like TV thrillers this is a must see. Tia Carrere stars as a doctor forced to choose between her husband and daughter after they are abducted by a man seeking revenge for how the hospital, doctors and insurance company contributed in the loss of his family. The main reason this movie struck me over most TV fare was the portrayal of the kidnapper.

You can truly empathize with him especially in the scene with his wife in the nursing home. Dale Midkiff is great in the role. I also liked Richard Burgi as the husband. Overall I thought the story was original and compelling and would recommend this movie. 9/10

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Serviceable B-grade thriller

5/10
Author: gridoon2015
14 October 2009

Tia Carrere is still so hot that I could watch her reading the phone book for two hours. "Torn Apart", while far from a great thriller, is at least a little more interesting than the above option. The film follows the race-against-the-clock formula pretty faithfully, but makes the choice (arguably a mistake) of revealing the identity of the killer/kidnapper far too soon, putting the audience ahead of the heroine. Actually, the way SHE eventually discovers his identity is pretty straightforward, and based on easily found records, which makes you wonder why the police couldn't have made the appropriate connections earlier. Tia's role here - a doctor - doesn't give her many chances for "Relic Hunter"-type action, but still, when she finally confronts the kidnapper, she is pretty ferocious. Speaking of the kidnapper, the guy is at his most threatening when he speaks on the phone; his outbursts of anger are ineffective. ** out of 4.

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7 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

There must be too many TV channels.

1/10
Author: xfile1971 from Northbrook, IL, USA
30 September 2004

The only purpose this piece of fluff serves is filling up TV airtime. Well, that and putting some easy money in the pocket of third-tier actress Tia Carrere.

I came across this while flipping through channels with nothing on (of course) worth watching. Tia Carrere is a Grade A you-know-what in "Torn Apart". She's a doctor, supposedly, but seems much more interested in traipsing around in power suits while snarling at everyone. Anyway, the ludicrous plot involves the fact that one of her prior patients died on the operating table and the deceased happens to have a ticked off relative. Said relative actually kidnaps the doctor's husband and daughter. Dr. Vicki Westin (Carrere) is informed that she has to make a decision: Choose which one gets to live and which one has to die. Ohhhhh! That's a good one that I've never, ever seen before in a film.

This was on the Lifetime Channel and perhaps this type of film plays much better to their target audience. You know, the type of viewer who fantasizes about being a doctor, having a perfect married life and is given the opportunity to kick the ass of some bad guys. Without giving it away, I guarantee you that the ending is both disgustingly predictable and 100% unbelievable. If there isn't anything worth showing then I think some of these TV channels should just close up shop. 1/10

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Awful movie

1/10
Author: anders-178 from Norway
29 March 2006

I just sent my wife to rent a movie, since it has been me renting the movies lately. Unfortunately, she picked up this movie for us to enjoy this evening.

It's not hard to say that I regret that decision. This is one of the bottom 5 films I have EVER seen.

Lousy cast, lousy script, lousy filming. My biggest mistake was watching the whole movie. 1,5 hour lost of my life, that could be used for something more useful...

Nothing, Nothing, Absolutely nothing is good in this movie. Do not rent it! Do not buy it!

Don't do the same mistake as I did, pick the movies yourself, don't let your wife do it....

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