SHATTERED (Blu-ray Review)
Review by Tiger the Terrible😼
The last thing we need is yet another “girlfriend from hell” thriller. You know the drill: Lonely guy meets beautiful woman. Lonely guy and beautiful woman seem made for each other. Beautiful woman returns out to be a murderous psycho.
But I gotta admit I enjoyed Shattered more than I wanted to, maybe because it isn’t quite “in the tradition of Fatal Attraction,” as the cover synopsis boasts.
In this one, the lonely guy is Chris (Cameron Monaghan), a millionaire in the midst of a divorce who lives in a secluded, high-tech mountain home. Then he meets beautiful woman Sky (Lilly Krug), who charms the pants off him (literally). When they aren’t together, Sky and a roommate are living in a seedy hotel managed by crusty old horndog Ronald (John Malkovich). While Chris and Sky are out one night, he’s attacked by a car thief, breaking his leg. Sky happily moves in to take care of Chris. Shortly afterwards, the roommate ends up dead, supposedly from suicide. But we know better, don’t we?
|If it can't be fixed with duct tape, it ain't worth fixin'.|
Shattered contains more than its fair share of implausibilities, sometimes straining credibility to the breaking point, but at least we’re spared the same old psycho lover routine. Neither Chris nor Sky are particularly interesting - even when bumpin’ uglies - because they feel like patchwork composites of characters in similar films, nor are the actors able to breathe much new life into them. Grillo, however, seems to be having a great time. The less said about Malkovich’s embarrassing role, the better.
But despite its shortcomings, the story isn't half bad. At the very least, it’s engaging enough that we’re compelled to see it through (even if we kinda see where everything’s heading). Bolstered by a few bursts of explicit sex & violence for the yahoo crowd, no one’s likely to walk away from Shattered thinking they’ve just seen a great film, but it’s okay in the moment.
“MISCHIEF IN THE MOUNTAINS: THE STORY OF SHATTERED” - Labeled as an interview with director Luis Prieto, it also features most of the primary cast.