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The Broken [DVD]

Richard Jenkins , Lena Headey , Sean Ellis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Jenkins, Lena Headey, Melvil Poupaud
  • Directors: Sean Ellis
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set in the sprawling London metropolis, Gina McVey (Lena Headey), is a beautiful thirty something who works as a radiologist at a large hospital. At a surprise birthday party for her father we meet the people most important in her life. During the dinner party a mirror falls from the wall and smashes. The superstition of seven years bad luck creates a palpable tension in the air as they all clean up the debris. The next day, on her way home, Gina sees herself drive past in her own car. Thrown, she follows the car and the woman up to her apartment, where Gina finds a photo of her father with her double. Shocked and bewildered, Gina flees the apartment and while driving away overshoots a red light and smashes into a truck. While recovering in hospital, and reliving the confusing experiences of the past few days, Gina starts to unravel a much deeper and darker secret that finally leads her back to her boyfriend (Melvil Poupaud) and father (Richard Jenkins) and the horrifying truth. Includes interviews with cast and crew.

Special DVD feature: Cast interviews

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By alycat
I thought this little British flim was brilliant. At first I thought it was going to be rubbish. Wasnt a big fan of Lena H whats her name as I thought she was really wooden in 300 however she kinda redeemed herself in this little low budget film

If youve read any Kafka or Philip K Dick or know their themes you would pretty much get this movie straightaway. Its about how everyone's doppelganger who resides in a mirror world comes out to take the real person's identity instead.

I likened it to Kafka because at the beginning when the lead female character is convinced her boyf's wierd, you get this horrid eerie feeling that everyones in on it including the psychiatric staff as they monitor leaving the building. the streets of london are eerily quiet, theres hardly any people. the people in the building where her brother lives is slowly taken over by these doppelgangers too (the chinese man and his 'odd' wife)

The P K Dick feel kicks in when you realise that well.. i wont spoil it for you .....

I too was disappointed that there was no neat ending, it was all too openended, it was as if the director hadnt thought about how to end it at all or just to leave it rather hopeless which doesnt work too well in a film, cos this aint Bladerunner...

The cinematography was excellent amazing camera angles, it really was a work of art well done, im not normally scared having watched horror since i was 10 but this was brilliant. esp liked the little homage scenes to other horror films re - obligatory death shower scene haha and the wide window shots amde me think of that certain lamplit scene from the exorcist...

Nice i will look out for other stuff this director has done!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, plenty of suspense... 21 May 2009
The film opens with central character Gina starting to notice things - it feels like something is not quite right. Then she has a car accident and it's after this that things start to get really eerie! Everyone of course dismisses it as a result of shock from the accident but we all know there's more to it than that...

I won't give any more than this away! I think the film has really mixed reviews and I can understand why. It's a British film, low budget but well shot and stylish - it sets up the suspense well with its eerie dramatic score. It's shot in a dull, dreary colour palette (think Japanese horror films like The Ring and The Grudge) You feel like something is going to happen from the very beginning of the film - yes a lot of it is just the dramatic music building you up to expect something and in reality not a lot happens for the most part.

Despite this, I wouldn't say I was disappointed with the film overall - I liked the way it had me constantly wondering and trying to figure things out. OK, so the plot is not exactly mind-blowing and this film isn't going to scare the living daylights out of you, but it's worth a watch if only for the suspense of it all. Overall I would say not one for hardcore horror fans as it's not particularly scary but a decent film that keeps you guessing until the end!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The Broken [DVD] [2008]

For much of the film I was reminded of the hallucinatory "Lost Highway" but it never stacked up, although I could never make out where the director was leading me.

However the revelations at the end of the film confirm what the director says, it is a traditional horror movie dealing with doppelgangers.

The multiple doppelgangers are activated at the father's birthday party when the mirror breaks.

After that the writer/Director Richard Jenkins plays a brilliant deception between the real Gina McVey (Lena Headley) and her doppelganger firmly planting all the wrong ideas in our heads, and we have to wait to the last few minutes to find out what has happened.

This interpretation leads to a satisfactory ending as opposed to the "left hanging" problem of the hallucinatory theory.

When reading up on doppelgangers I stumbled on a similar approach with a full synopsis of the plot (I obviously cannot disclose that here); if you are interested just go to Wikipedia and search for "The Broken (film)", but please see the movie first.

It is a real pleasure to find such a stimulating screenplay that is so well directed, shot and acted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated gem. 29 Dec 2013
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I was not familiar with Sean Ellis as a director, but his fashion photography background clearly shows thorough here in this beautifully shot, lit and sure footed direction of a Horror gem. I first saw it at FrightFest (in I think 2008) noting its subleties but it got lost among the louder, brasher fare. Once you go back to it (and remember it is The Broken, not Broken, so there is easy confusion there) it's charms start to work on you. Ellis has clearly seen the best of Supernatural horror: not merely Repulsion or Rosemary's Baby, but The Haunting (1963), Tourneur's Night of the Demon and Ealing's portmanteau Dead of Night, as well as host of others. I suspect this film got lost as 'Mirrors' came out around the same time. A shame and a pity as this deserves more than cult status for its performances, the mood and pace (none of the usual 'Insidious' crashes and bangs, more the seeping dread of "What lies Beneath')m and a great twist. Dark, genuinely scary horror.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Invasion of the Body Snatchers genre buy this
An underrated tense thriller
Published 14 days ago by PaulB
4.0 out of 5 stars The broken
Watched this on sky, was drawn to this film and just had to see it again. A low budget british film but I really enjoyed it as it was tense to the end. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars You'll waste your time with this one
Watch this horror flick to see how a good idea can be wasted.
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Published 17 months ago by FrankfurterAnimus
1.0 out of 5 stars The place for this film is the bin
This film is excruciatingly slow and boring. I felt like stopping it several times but persevered to the end, thinking something was going to happen. It didn't. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Corinne
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This Psychological Thriller has so many twist`s & turn`s throughout the film & it certainly keep`s you guessing & take`s a Firm Grip of you,that keep`s you intrigued & wanting more... Read more
Published 23 months ago by flm
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced movie that has you thinking
I don't like horror as a genre, since there is already such horror in the world that is beyond imagination. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by T. Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst film of the year award
Started off promising in the first 5 mins. We sat there for another 45 mins, and still no sign of warming up. We then gave up and decided to turn it off. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by Mr. N. Fitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing
When a mirror inexplicably smashes at a family dinner party, the guests joke that they're in for seven years bad luck. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by Gaffer_75
1.0 out of 5 stars dont waste your money
the movie mad me think - who was the idiot who invested money to make this s..t!?
dont waste your time.
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Ribena
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