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Butterfly on a Wheel
Lives will be broken
A sociopathic kidnapper methodically pushes a desperate pair of parents to their absolute breaking point.
Brosnan always makes for an effective baddie. This film looks good, but is wafer thin.
Già visto, con il classico colpo di scena finale. Pierce Brosnan è l'unica nota positiva; delude invece Gerard Butler.
I first learned of this movie when I found it in a Redbox kiosk. It had me at Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello, and I didn't even look at the synopsis. Including one viewing with the feature commentary by director Mike Barker and writer William Morrissey, I think this makes my fourth viewing. Even knowing what happens - and why - I was able to become caught up in it again tonight.
I can understand why some viewers found it disappointing, particularly coming out (as we're reminded in the trailers when the DVD opens) amid the Saw series. The stakes here aren't gruesome. No one is forced to choose between their own limbs, or chew through their own ankle, or…
Pretty predictable. It tried to be a good movie but it didn't succeeded, it's okay though, we appreciate the effort.
Arrrrrg. I’m going to sue that guy that recommended this movie… Ha ha… just kidding aside, this film is in a way enjoyable, if one is into trashing off bad, bad movies in one’s free time. It could be tremendously fun to make mean comments on Pierce Brosnan’s accent and the horribly written script.
SHATTERED, which was known as BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL [a reference to Alexander Pope's "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot"], is probably the best straight-to-DVD feature distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment so far. This pretty entertaining thriller/mystery was definitely made for the movie theatres, but something must have happened along the way for it to end up straight on a disc. It's too bad because this film has a lot of star power, who bring good performances to make an implausible situation actually seem believable.
Brosnan holds Bello and Butler's daughter hostage at their family home, as he takes them under his control for 24 hours in a series of 'tasks' that lead to their seemingly perfect life being slowly dismantled as they are pushed to the limit of what they will sacrifice and do to save their young daughter's life, only a phone call away...
A very simple thriller, one with a glorious twist at the end. Brosnan is pretty dark in this post-Bond film and is easily relishing being a bad-guy!
Very cheap to buy on DVD, but I would recommend this to see when you can when you want a simple and gripping film that isn't too wrapped up in itself to confuse you.
 SHATTERED (BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL) - Though structured like a standard kidnap/ransom/psycho thriller, this is far from a conventional genre film. It's also far from really being a good movie. But I like that it tries.
I think the problem is that it's awkward.
It's awkward to see Pierce Brosnan using his natural Irish accent to play an apparent psycho, and then spend most of that role sitting in the backseat of a car saying menacing things that make no sense. It's awkward to see the beefy Gerard Butler playing Dustin Hoffman from Straw Dogs and shouting the phrase: "For Christ's sake!" like 27 times in the course of 90 minutes. It's awkward to see Brosnan (who is 10…
From my original blog review:
Someone decided that the original film title, Butterfly on a Wheel, would confuse American audiences and so it was re-titled Shattered for its release in the States. The original title references the medieval acts of torture involving large wheels used to destroy human bodies as painfully as possible. Obviously, using one on a butterfly would be complete overkill, and that's the idea behind this film. Just as the Neil and Abby Randall (Butler and Bello) are going away for separate weekend getaways, their daughter is kidnapped in a plot engineered by Tom Ryan (Brosnan, in an unsettlingly sinister performance). Ryan torments and taunts the Randalls, and his motivation for targeting them is part…
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