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Shattered (2007)

Butterfly on a Wheel (original title)
A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.

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Cast

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Sophie Randall
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Helen Schriver
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Jerry Crane
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Karl Granger
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Diane
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Dave Carver
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Det. McGill
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Matt Ryan
Julie Patzwald ...
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Maitre D'
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Storyline

In Chicago, Neil Randall - family man and executive of an advertisement agency - has a perfect life. He expects to be promoted in his job soon, he has a beautiful and sexy wife, Abby, a lovely daughter, Sophie, and he lives in a wonderful house. When Neil's boss, Karl Granger, invites him to spend the weekend in his country cottage, Abby hires a nanny for Sophie, so Abby can spend the day with her sister, Diane. While driving Abby to meet Diane, a stranger who was hidden on the backseat appears with a gun, and informs them that he has kidnapped Sophie. He introduces himself as Ryan, and states that for twenty-four hours the couple will obey his orders, otherwise he will kill Sophie. By keeping the couple under his total control, he makes it clear that he is a calculating sociopath with nothing to lose, and the intention of destroying Neil's perfect life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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No one knows how far they can go... until they are pushed. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Israel)  »

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Shattered  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,432,482, 6 July 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pierce Brosnan actually crashed the car in the parking lot and their reactions after the crash were real. See more »

Goofs

During the epilogue, Abby's hair alternates from being tucked behind her ear to simply hanging in her face. See more »

Quotes

Tom Ryan: Never pick a fight with someone who's got nothing to lose.
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Connections

Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Take Care of You
Written by Brook Benton
Performed by Irma Thomas
Published by Famous Music Publishing Company Ltd.
Courtesy of Rounder Records. www.rounder.com
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Thrilling and suspenseful movie with a sensational Pierce Brosnan as relentless kidnapper
14 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

A happy marriage formed by Neil Randall (Gerard Butler), executive of an advertisement agency and his spouse, Abby (Maria Bello) have the perfect existence and an early life in Chicago. With their lively young daughter, named Sophie, they are living the American dream . When the daughter is suddenly kidnapped, they have no choice but to execute with the kidnapper's demands who appears with a gun on the backseat of their car. The abductor named Ryan (Pierce Brosnan), a calculating and cold psychopath, takes over their lives with the cruel efficiency of someone who has nothing to lose. Over the next twenty-four hours they are at the mercy of a criminal who wants only one thing, that they do his orders. It soon becomes clear that Tom's demands are all the more horrifying because he doesn't wish their money that is burnt.

This exciting picture is packed with suspense, thrills, mystery,tension and extraordinary plot twists.Tense and stirring film with a moving race against time. This Hichcockian movie deals about a successful executive and wife when their daughter is taken hostage and suffer a brutal blackmail. Gripping, original action movie with the main actors desperately trying to find out the means avoid his daughter to be murdered. Excellent thriller full of intrigue and tense, this is a fast-paced, stylized action-suspense film. The tension of this picture keeps snowballing as the clock ticks ever close for killing the daughter. The tale appear to unfold in real time and most unusual is the device of having the victim play desperado and hunt the killers, and saving his daughter , as time runs out. Casting is frankly magnificent, Gerard Butler as tormented father, Maria Bello as affected mummy and Pierce Brosnan, also producer, takes honors as a sociopath who attempts to turn the tables on the victim before he can free his daughter. Adequate musical score accompanying the action by Robert Duncan and inventively photographed by Ashley Rowe. The motion picture is stunningly directed by Mike Binder. He's a nice director working usually for television as ¨Moby Dick¨, ¨Sea wolf¨ ,¨Lorna Doone¨ and occasionally for cinema as ¨A good woman¨, ¨To kill a king¨ and of course ¨Butterfly on a wheel¨ his best movie. Rating : Good film, above average and worthwhile watching .


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