Shattered (2007)
"Butterfly on a Wheel" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  23 August 2007 (Israel)
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A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Karwandy ...
Julie Patzwald ...
Female Teller
Jason McKinnon ...
French Waiter
Kurt Evans ...
Maitre D'


In Chicago, Neil Randall - family man and executive of an advertisement agency - has a perfect life. He expects to be promoted in his job soon, he has a beautiful and sexy wife, Abby, a lovely daughter, Sophie, and he lives in a wonderful house. When Neil's boss, Karl Granger, invites him to spend the weekend in his country cottage, Abby hires a nanny for Sophie, so Abby can spend the day with her sister, Diane. While driving Abby to meet Diane, a stranger who was hidden on the backseat appears with a gun, and informs them that he has kidnapped Sophie. He introduces himself as Ryan, and states that for twenty-four hours the couple will obey his orders, otherwise he will kill Sophie. By keeping the couple under his total control, he makes it clear that he is a calculating sociopath with nothing to lose, and the intention of destroying Neil's perfect life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No one knows how far they can go... until they are pushed. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Shattered  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second time that Pierce Brosnan and Gerard Butler have appeared in a movie together. The first was actually Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) where Butler played one of the crew on the HMS Devonshire, and Brosnan of course played James Bond. However, their characters in that film had no interaction. See more »


When Neil runs to the clock tower he's all sweaty - his shirt is all wet, then in the elevator he's neat and clean, then on the roof he's wet again. See more »


Tom Ryan: Never pick a fight with someone who's got nothing to lose.
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Remade as Cocktail (2010) See more »


I'll Take Care of You
Written by Brook Benton
Performed by Irma Thomas
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The less you know of this film ... the more you will enjoy it!
10 October 2007 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Every now and then: the huge Hollywood-engine creates a small and simple film that turns out to be far superior than any gigantic blockbuster made that year. "Butterfly on a wheel" is such a film. It doesn't feature amazing explosions or overwhelming car chases or anything of that kind. It has marvelous actors playing colorful characters in a gripping storyline. These are only the very basic elements but this film uses them wisely. Unlike most thrillers however, this one doesn't take an awful lot of time to set the mood but moves at a high pace.

The split-second where this movie instantly changes from a soft-drama to a razor-sharp thriller is absolutely gorgeous ... it's a real shocker! And from that moment forth we have ourselves a nail-biting ride which'll keep you firmly on the edge of your seat until the very end. On top of that: this movie's great twist ending beautifully blurs the line between good and evil.

Pierce Brosnan has already proved to be much more than 007 and continues to do so here. Maria Bello became famous as the sexy waitress/dancer in "Coyote ugly" but over the years she became a fine actress. And Gerard Butler has fought side by side with Lara Croft and 300 of the bravest Greeks, but now this Scottish actor takes a break from this senseless violence and plays a more fragile role.

In short: "Butterfly on a wheel" is an intelligent cat-and-mouse-game that steadily becomes a first-rate thriller.

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