Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital's bustling... See full summary »
In the small town of Stone Cove, Maine, deputy sheriff Dwayne Hopper is on the night shift at the police station. He discovers that one of the prisoners in the holding cell is Ronald ... See full summary »
In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers, her brother Daniel McVey and his girlfriend Kate Coleman. On the next day, she sees herself driving a car on the street and she follows the woman to her apartment, where she finds a picture of her father and her. While driving back, she has a car crash and loses parts of her memory; further, she believes Stefan is another man. Gina decides to investigate what is happening and unravels a dark reality.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The inventive spelling of the title reads somewhat silly in Norwegian and Danish since the Ø in broken is a letter in the alphabet in these languages and sounds like the "u" in "burden". In addition "brøken" is the Norwegian and Danish word meaning "the fraction". See more »
Whenever it shows the car-wreck (and the replays thereof), the "person" in the driver-seat is obviously a dummy. See more »
[Gina is studying a set of chest X-rays in her office when Jim approaches and looks at them as well]
Who are these for?
Well, do you notice anything?
They're back to front?
No, look. Left and right tags.
The heart's on the right side of the body?
Dextrocardia with situs inversus. It's not uncommon, but it's pretty rare. One in every thousand.
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If the music played during the first half of the closing credits sounds a bit off, that's because it's being played backwards. See more »
Lionsgate released the DVD in North American with a cropped 1.78:1 ratio. This means approx 24 percent of the original composition is missing. The DVD release in European was in its original cinematic ratio of 2.35:1. Same cropping goes for the Scandinavian DVD and Blu-ray releases by Atlantic Film. See more »
"The Brøken" does have its moments. The atmosphere is eerie throughout. The stage design is sparse and somewhat bleak, which is fitting with the movie's general theme.
The problem is that there is too little story here. The writer/director Sean Ellis tries to solve this problem with short intercut scenes and unsettling movie. At first it works and you're intrigued, but at some point it just seems as if Ellis was beating a dead horse. It's like: "Yeah, we've seen these flashbacks, now could you PLEASE go on with the story."
And what is the story anyway? We never find out. Why is there a psychiatrist in the movie? Why are the characters introduced so long, when their relations never amount to anything?
"The Brøken" seems like an underdevelopped idea and the ending is rather predictable. It's not a complete waste of time, but in the end it's pretty much pointless.
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