This current weather in Kenya is for Netflix and Chill unless you have exams to study for. On a chilly Sunday morning, we sit and browse Netflix for which movie to catch up on before heading to church. She chooses fractured, says the short trailer is captivating. It’s a thriller and am down.
It starts with a view into the life of a couple with one child. They are on their way home from Thanksgiving. Joanne (Lily Rabe) and Ray (Sam Worthington) take the front seats while their child Peri (Lucy Capri) takes the back seat. She is playing games with her headphones on. Joanne is unhappy with the marriage and so they argue, until Peri asks to pee.
It’s the countryside and it takes a while to get to a stopover. Eventually, they get to one which is pretty deserted except for one woman who is the cashier in the shop. Joanne and Peri head on to the washrooms as Ray shops for a few things. When back in the car, they realize they’ve forgotten something so the mother rushes back to the washrooms to check while Ray checks for it in the car.
Amidst all this, the daughter is fascinated by something and walks away. There’s a balloon written ‘get well soon’ hanging around. It’s breezy and cold but quiet. A not so friendly dog appears and starts growling at Peri. Ray sees and tries to chase away the dog but Peri is already on the edge of a pit. Scared, she takes a step back and falls into a pit. Ray, trying to save her falls over too.
What happens next is the real deal about this movie. We are shown Ray rush his family into hospital. The hospital is slow and even suspicious but it’s his only option. Eventually, they admit his daughter, having asked a lot of questions about him most of which are irrelevant to the case at hand. He waits a whole day and isn’t shown to his family despite pleading with the staff. Because according to the hospital staff, he didn’t show up with family – he came alone. He came for treatment since he had undergone a head injury.
The twist – because there is always a twist!
Ray is fully convinced that the hospital is keeping his family away from him for reasons unknown to him. Due to the commotion, he is thrown out of the hospital. While outside, he meets policemen and they help with the follow-up. They even visit the place where his child fell off.
What follows in this psychological thriller will blow your mind. You will be left wondering what the truth is. You will think back to the whole story and still be perplexed.
I think it’s a look into the whole idea of people who are not in touch with reality or how people play mind games and convince you what you know is not the reality. How powerful the mind is. How it’s possible to see things in a completely different way. Coping mechanisms of the mind.
Coping mechanisms, which can be good or bad, are normal responses to information or situations we don’t want to deal with. Feelings we’d rather not feel. Everyone has used either of the known coping mechanisms denial being the most common one.
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