Director: Luis Prieto
Cast: Cameron Monaghan, Frank Grillo, Lilly Krug
Release Date: February 22, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 3.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
In the tradition of Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct comes this dazzling action-thriller starring Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (RED) and Frank Grillo (Avengers: Endgame). After lonely tech millionaire Chris (Cameron Monaghan, “Shameless”) encounters charming, sexy Sky (Lilly Krug), passion grows between them – and when he’s injured, she quickly steps in as his nurse. But Sky’s odd behavior makes Chris suspect that she has more sinister intentions, especially when Sky’s roommate is found dead from mysterious causes.
Please Note: Lionsgate Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Shattered’ accompanies lonely tech millionaire Chris (Monaghan) who enjoys his secluded life living in a luxurious mountain home but struggles with letting go of the past as he continues to procrastinate signing the forms to finalize his divorce. At the suggestion of his ex-wife, Chris approaches the young and beautiful Sky (Krug) one day in the store and the two quickly hit it off, with Sky even offering to take on the role of his private nurse after an unfortunate accident leaves him wheelchair bound. But as Sky’s behavior becomes increasingly strange and her previous roommate is found dead, Chris begins to expect that something far more sinister is at play.
Directed by Luis Prieto (Pusher, TV’s The Oath) from a screenplay written by David Loughery (Fatale), Prieto does a decent job at the helm of ‘Shattered’ with the rough script at hand and always keeps things looking sleek and sharp at the very least. The film’s cast includes Cameron Monaghan (TV’s Shameless), Frank Grillo (Copshop), Lilly Krug (Every Breath You Take), Sasha Luss (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets) and John Malkovich (Ava). While some of the performances within are better than others, even the twisted charm of Malkovich’s perverted landlord character still can’t quite save this one unfortunately.
‘Shattered’ is a somewhat disappointing thriller. Playing things painfully by the book and rehashing elements from many other films you’ve surely seen more than a few times already, it weaves a romantic thriller that’s equal parts ‘Fatal Attraction’, ‘Misery’ and many other popular titles, most of which you’d probably be better off revisiting over this relatively dull and messy film. It definitely takes its time to get moving, yet it seems to go farther off the rails as things build, serving up one predictable event after another with a fairly unsatisfying conclusion on top of it. Even so, ‘Shattered’ does have a few things going for it such as the gorgeous scenery that accompanies the luxurious mountain home where the majority of the movie takes place and the fitting high-tech home and surveillance system within. Most of the cast is also far from terrible and the dark humor provided by John Malkovich as the scummy landlord is enjoyable to behold. Frank Grillo is also usually a pleasure to watch, but sadly he has a pretty minimal and fairly lackluster part to play in the overall tale and even Malkovich’s goofy and twisted role isn’t nearly enough to make this one anything real special or worthwhile. If you’re a fan of the key cast or simply enjoy these fairly basic erotic thrillers then ‘Shattered’ will probably keep you entertained enough throughout, especially if you go in with limited expectations. If you’re already on the fence about this one though, you’re probably better off just skipping it.
Overall, ‘Shattered’ is a fairly lackluster thriller that borrows heavily from other similar films instead of finding anything new to bring to the table and the result is a predictable and fairly disappointing film that even with a capable cast and some gorgeous scenery fails to craft a decent story or any fleshed out characters for us to really care about. If fairly generic erotic thrillers are a guilty pleasure of yours or if you’re a diehard fan of the key cast you might enjoy ‘Shattered’ to a degree, especially if you can keep your expectations in check. For those of you that aren’t overly interested in the movie to begin with or are hesitant, then you might be better off just skipping this one. If you do want to give it a whirl, I would strongly encourage at least renting it before considering a purchase.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Shattered’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty good as a whole and provides a clean, sharp and richly detailed presentation from start to finish with smooth textures and natural colors that look consistently great and no unexpected faults arising along the way. It holds up well even during the darkly lit and fast moving moments throughout and never results in anything occurring onscreen becoming problematic or negatively affected. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that delivers nicely throughout and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack offers a clean, well balanced and quite decent audio presentation throughout. While not always overly active in the surround department, it does utilize all five available channels on multiple occasions in order to send the score, along with some weather elements, vehicle activity and more throughout the various speakers when appropriate and never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a fully capable 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that may not be extraordinary by any means by does its job well and delivers in every way required of it.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Shattered’ includes one notable extra in the way of the Behind the Scenes Featurette ‘”Mischief in the Mountains”: The Story of Shattered with Director Luis Prieto’ (running approximately 10 minutes in length) which features interviews/comments with the director and cast, plus more. The film’s Green Band ‘Trailer’ (running approximately 2 minutes) is also included.
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Film Rating: 3.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
‘Shattered’ Arrives Home on Blu-ray & DVD February 22, 2022 is Now Available on Digital from Grindstone & Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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