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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Ryan
... Abby Randall
... Neil Randall
Emma Karwandy ... Sophie Randall
... Judy Ryan
... Helen Schriver
... Jerry Crane
... Karl Granger
... Diane
... Dave Carver
... Det. McGill
... Matt Ryan
Julie Patzwald ... Female Teller
... French Waiter
... 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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No one knows how far they can go... until they are pushed. See more »


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

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23 August 2007 (Israel)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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

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2.35 : 1
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The title is taken from the phrase "Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?", meaning taking massive effort in achieving something minor. See more »

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(at around 6 mins) The 3 of them are driving out of the city past Rush Memorial hospital out to a secluded location. They are really on East Bound I-290 heading INTO the city. See more »

Quotes

Tom Ryan: Never pick a fight with someone who's got nothing to lose.
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References Barney & Friends (1992) 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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Another film you'd like to demand your time back for watching
26 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Basically, the kind of overly simplistic, TV movie of the week story you'd expect from basic network TV or from the formula Hollywood films that also end up making little or no stop at theaters.

Besides being boring and predictable, it lacks any significant meaning. It's difficult to fill up 10 lines for IMDb describing in detail what I'd prefer to forget. The acting isn't bad, as you'd expect from the actors involved (though you'll ask yourself why they'd be involved at all with this). There are issues, like Brosnan's voice sometimes feels like a voice-over, and it's difficult to tell if he's supposed to be doing an Irish or Scottish accent. Given the way the film is largely talk driven and his talking is featured, you'd think there'd be some significance to it, but it doesn't really matter.

The single biggest problem besides the shallow, imitative, factory-made story is the lack of plot development. I suppose they thought it added suspense and mystery. It just made it seem completely unthought through.


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