Fractured (2019 film)

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Official poster
Directed byBrad Anderson
Produced by
Written byAlan B. McElroy
Music byAnton Sanko
CinematographyBjörn Charpentier
Edited byRobert Mead
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • September 22, 2019 (2019-09-22) (Fantastic Fest)
  • October 11, 2019 (2019-10-11) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Fractured is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson from a screenplay by Alan B. McElroy. It stars Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky, Adjoa Andoh, and Lucy Capri.

The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 22, 2019. It was released on October 11, 2019, by Netflix.


Ray, along with his wife Joanne and daughter Peri, drive on a road trip for Thanksgiving. They take a break at a rest stop, where Ray and Peri fall into an open construction site and are injured. After rushing to the hospital, Joanne accompanies Peri to the basement to obtain a CT scan, while Ray waits in waiting room.

Ray passes out from exhaustion. After awakening hours later, he asks the hospital staff if he can see his wife and daughter, but is told they were never brought to the hospital.

Ray argues with the hospital staff, who all deny that his wife and daughter were ever admitted. Ray enlists the assistance of two police officers, but the hospital staff and doctors convince them Ray came to the hospital alone, was treated for a head wound, and is confused.

Unable to convince the staff and police of his story, Ray searches for his family on his own and eventually finds them in the sub-basement, just before his daughter is about to have her organs harvested. Ray fights with the hospital staff, causing an explosion, and escapes with his family.

However, as Ray drives away it is revealed that he is experiencing visual hallucinations from psychological trauma resulting from the incident earlier that day. In reality, Peri died from the fall, and Ray accidentally killed Joanne after pushing her. The trauma of realizing he'd killed his family caused Ray's mind to construct a new reality in which both his wife and daughter are alive. Ray believes he is rescuing them, but it is revealed that he has kidnapped a random patient from surgery, while his wife and daughter are lying dead in the trunk of his car.



In November 2018, Sam Worthington joined the cast, with Brad Anderson attached to direct from a screenplay by Alan B. McElroy, and with Paul Schiff, Neal Edelstein, and Mike Macari producing, and Netflix distributing.[2] In December 2018, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky, Adjoa Andoh, and Lucy Capri joined the cast. Production began that month.[3] Principal photography for the film took place on location in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from November 2018 to January 2019.[4]


The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on September 22, 2019.[5] It was released on Netflix on October 11, 2019.[6]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 62% based on 26 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.66/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Led by an arresting Sam Worthington performance, Fractured is a reasonably diverting mystery with enough thrills to make up for a familiar story."[7] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 36 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[8]


  1. ^ "Fractured". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  2. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 12, 2018). "Sam Worthington Set As Lead In Brad Anderson-Directed Netflix Film". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (December 19, 2018). "Vice Actress Lily Rabe & More Join Brad Anderson's Untitled Netflix Feature". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Goulart, Alyssa (October 31, 2019). ""Fractured" On Netflix Canada Was Actually Filmed In An Abandoned Manitoba Hospital". Narcity. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  5. ^ Couch, Aaron (July 30, 2019). "Taika Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' to Premiere at Fantastic Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Collis, Clark (September 13, 2019). "First Look at Sam Worthington in vanished-child thriller Fractured". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Fractured (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  8. ^ "Fractured (2019) Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 12, 2019.

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