A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonnie (as Samantha Jane Polay)
Paul Gordon ...
Jose Luis Navas ...
Danilo Begovic ...
Stephan Morris ...
Ruben Gomez ...
Ken Robkin ...
Eric Townsend ...
Kangol Guy
Howard Dobinsky ...
Deidre Washington ...
Toby Burge ...
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Jorge Carcases ...
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A gun blast, a flash of light, and a young woman awakens to the comfort of her own bed. Bonnie Clayton has it all, a great relationship, a challenging career, and the burden of a dream that grows more vivid and disturbing with each passing night. But when Bonnie is abducted by a sadistic stranger and his colorful entourage, she discovers that the key to her survival lies within the familiar realms of her recurring dream. Written by Jorge F. Rodriguez

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What if your truth... were a lie?



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7 February 2005 (USA)  »

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$8,000 (estimated)

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Won "Best Experimental Short Film" at the Evil City Film Festival 2006 See more »


Bonnie: I just want my life back!
Duncan: It wasn't your life to begin with.
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Yeah I felt Broken, after sitting through this dud.
25 February 2006 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

Wow-- now allow me to introduce you to the truth. I don't know if the guy that posted the last comment is related to this Alex Ferarri hack, or maybe is the hack himself, whatever. It was as if he was reading the press sound-bytes off the back of the DVD--- all bull$#!t if you ask me, and a few others on this board with any common sense will agree.

Broken does not look like Sin City. I don't know where that vicious rumor started up, but it is nothing more than that-- a hyped up rumor probably brought about by the film-makers themselves.

As an indy filmmaker, I have seen countless short films that cost far less than this and looked far better. Of course-- Broken did get a fairly wide DVD distribution deal here, which I will take my hat off to. These guys are great business men, I'll give them that. They got lucky. VERY LUCKY!! But they should take this and run the other way with it, never rearing their ugly wannabe-film-making head again.

Lets start with the image quality, of what some have compared to HD. It looks like garbage!! I have shot with the Panasonic DVX myself and managed to produce a far better result with a much more film-like look to it on the 24p setting. I don't know if they forgot to turn this feature on or what-- but to me, it looks like 30fps dv. The cinematography itself is formula and gets old quick. There is nothing new here in terms of image.

I don't know where all this Sixth Sense....Sin City....Matrix crap is coming from. I'm not crazy about either of the three, but the opening credit sequence of either of them is far better than this 20 minutes of bland, constipation inducing torture.

I'm tired of the hype folks. The stupid muzzle flash gunshot effects look so damn hokey-- my seven year old son pointed them out to me and asked if they were real shots. I said no, just very very bad store-bought animation. And that explosion effect when the girl is thrown back!! Holy God!! Who would put that into a final film?! I would've reshot it and just done the effect practical with a little smoke and fake debris. The animation was on par with first year students at art school.

I would not have so many complaints if these guys were a bit younger. If some 18-19-20 year old showed me this film, I would say, "Oh cool. Good job." But not these 30+ year olds, smacking their faces all over the special features just to go on and on and on about how great they are. And 8,000.00?!!! Where the hell did that go?! I hope they had really good catering or something.

My point is, this film is not great. It is actually on the verge of being horrible. There are so many short indy films out there miles ahead of this. Maybe not packed with all the visual effects and corny tension music-- maybe something with an actual story, some depth to the characters, something to like?!! Is that asking too much. This Ferrari guy has seen his 15 minutes of fame smolder into muddy ash. I just want him to go away and shut up, and I want to urge people to stop buying this movie and contributing to bad independent film. By all means!! Rent it first!! PLEASE!!!

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