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Shattered (2007)

Butterfly on a Wheel (original title)
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A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.

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Mike Barker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Tom Ryan
Maria Bello ... Abby Randall
Gerard Butler ... Neil Randall
Emma Karwandy Emma Karwandy ... Sophie Randall
Claudette Mink ... Judy Ryan
Desiree Zurowski ... Helen Schriver
Nicholas Lea ... Jerry Crane
Peter Keleghan ... Karl Granger
Samantha Ferris ... Diane
Malcolm Stewart ... Dave Carver
Callum Keith Rennie ... Det. McGill
Dustin Milligan ... Matt Ryan
Julie Patzwald Julie Patzwald ... Female Teller
Jason McKinnon ... French Waiter
Kurt Evans ... Maitre D'
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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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Lives will be broken See more »


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

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UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Israel) See more »

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Shattered See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,432,482, 6 July 2008
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| (European Film Market)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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This is the second time that Pierce Brosnan and Gerard Butler appeared in a movie together. The first being Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). See more »

Goofs

As Neil and Abby prepare to get out the car to go into the bank, you hear Tom say ' ... you'll never see your daughter again' but as the camera cuts to Tom, his lips do not move on the last words of that sentence. See more »

Quotes

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

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I'll Take Care of You
Written by Brook Benton
Performed by Irma Thomas
Published by Famous Music Publishing Company Ltd.
Courtesy of Rounder Records. www.rounder.com
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TNT premiere showing of "Shattered"...
2 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The producers of BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL (a/k/a SHATTERED in U.S.), didn't have enough faith in their project to seek widespread theatrical distribution of the finished film--even though it had GERARD BUTLER fresh from his box-office triumph in "300". Instead, they went a more direct route--directly to TV on TNT, which seems more like a last resort. Once again, a Gerard Butler film with limited distribution even though co-starred with PIERCE BROSNAN and MARIA BELLO.

Seeing it on TNT, it's understandable that the film had some problems in connecting with a larger audience. Brosnan's villain is below par for the actor and Butler has done better work elsewhere although he gives all his energy to the role of a distraught husband.

The plot is an elaborate cat-and-mouse game that Brosnan plays with the unlucky couple, Butler and Bello. While it does generate a certain amount of suspense, Brosnan's character remains an enigma for almost the whole story. Never once do we get a hint of why he's going to such extremes to torture the couple by demanding that they perform tasks at his bidding. A grungy looking Brosnan makes the villain a very unappetizing psychotic and we're never quite sure about Butler either, an ad agency man who gradually loses his swaggering overconfident manner.

Without giving away more of the plot (except to say that there is a mildly interesting twist toward the end followed by a double twist), the whole thing plays more like a made-for-TV movie than an actual film because none of the characters are more than one-dimensional despite the good acting. And the final scene between Butler and Bello is totally unbelievable as to motivation.

Summing up: Basically tricky and shallow at the core.


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