Fragments (2008)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Sensitive but not insightful, Fragments pieces an ensemble together in the same way Crash did but without the gravitas.


Movie Info

In the aftermath of a gruesome restaurant murder, the survivors of the attack are left to ponder their own mortality and how it relates to their connection to society. Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, and Dakota Fanning headline Little Fish director Rowan Woods' adaptation of Roy Freirich's debut novel. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: R (for violent content, sexuality and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Roy Freirich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 4, 2009
Runtime:
Peace Arch Entertainment

Cast


as Charlie Archenault

as Carla Davenport

as Dr. Bruce Laraby

as Anne Hagen

as Kathy Archenault

as Bob Jasperson

as Doris Hagen

as Joan Laraby

as Jimmy Jasperson
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Critic Reviews for Fragments

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

The film is quite literally fragmented. Too much story -- and too little about each character.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

[A] well acted ensemble piece that I think you should see.

Full Review… | August 10, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

The grand statement it wants to make plays shallow instead of deep, leaving the film too weak-kneed to carry the weight of its broken world.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Fragments is both deeply self-serious and essentially meaningless, the sort of we're-all-connected tragedy in which birds fly free while humans remain stuck in place.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The casting directors of Fragments deserve credit for assembling so much talent in one modest movie; if only Rowan Woods, the director, knew what to do with them.

Full Review… | July 31, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The anxiety is deafening in this flimsy symphony of shattered lives, which -- like that confounding Oscar winner Crash -- confuses entropy for empathy.

Full Review… | July 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fragments

½

An okay dramatic movie that was good in some parts and boring in others.

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Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

½

This calm yet intense drama tells the story of a few survivors of a diner shooting and how they deal with the violence they were exposed to or the loss of loved ones. In somewhat unconnected story lines we follow the characters during the days after the event and see how differently they react, how they turn towards God, gambling, fear, indifference and deal with the newly experienced lack of control in their lives. The acting by an excellent cast (Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Forest Whitaker) is top notch and although all characters have a bit of an epiphany at the end of the film, it still doesn't offer an overall solution. How could it? The movie may not grasp the complexity of such a situation in its entirety, but it's still an interesting look at what people go through in such extreme situations. Worth seeing.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

"You have to lose your way to find it."

A group of strangers form a unique relationship with each other after surviving a random shooting at a Los Angeles diner.

REVIEW
This film smacks of being made by folk who think they have very high IQ's. It is a very pretentious little bit of film making that attempts to examine what it is like to survive an act of uncommon violence in an urban setting. Many people do survive acts of violence in urban settings and usually the common consensus is that they are glad they survived instead of feeling nothing in particular, which is more or less how this film portrays the survivors, who immediately engage in recalcitrant acts that cross the line into outright criminality after about 24 hours passes from the initial incident. This is bad film making. The characters are stupid. Forest Whitaker is particularly ridiculous in this one. There is no way you would even want to identify with the characters in this movie. Really, it is that bad. I found myself thinking, they survived-so what-they are all morons. Avoid it.

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Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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