Fractured (2019 film)

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.

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

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


Ray Monroe is driving home with his wife Joanne and his daughter Peri after a Thanksgiving visit to Joanne's parents. Ray and Joanne argue about the state of their relationship. In the car, Peri's music device stops working due to dead batteries and Ray tells her he will buy some for her at the next gas station. Soon, Peri says she needs to use a restroom and so they take a break at a gas station. The cashier tells Ray that they only take cash so Ray skips the batteries, but, in addition to a coke for Joanne and a coffee for himself, buys two small bottles of liquor. After returning to the car, he lies to Joanne saying the store didn't have batteries. Peri cannot find her compact mirror so Joanne goes to check the restroom and Ray searches the back seat. While Ray is distracted, Peri starts to wander towards a deserted construction site because of a balloon stuck on a rebar. She is menaced by a stray dog and starts backing toward an exposed pit. Ray throws a rock to scare the dog but it causes Peri to fall into the hole. Ray, aiming to grab her, falls in as well and hits his head. He comes around in a daze and to a distressed Joanne who has climbed down and is checking Peri for injuries. After his head clears, he picks Peri up and decides to have her injured arm seen at a hospital they passed a few miles back.

During the admissions process, the couple is asked if they would be willing for Peri to be placed on the organ donor register, which they decline. Peri is seen by a doctor who states that her arm is fractured and that he wants her to have a CAT scan in case she has a head injury. Joanne accompanies her to the scanning facility in the basement, while Ray falls asleep in the waiting area.

In reality, Ray really came to the clinic, but went to the doctors alone, with a head injury. He then fell asleep in the waiting area and had a dream with Joanne and Peri. After waking up, he decides to find his wife and daughter by all means.

Ray awakens hours later and asks the hospital staff if he can see his wife and daughter, but is told they have no record of them. Most of the doctors have changed shifts, and the only nurse still there says that Ray came alone and was treated for a head wound. Ray becomes distressed, is restrained by security and, after being given a sedative, is locked in a room. He escapes and waves down two police officers, who agree to investigate.

Further evidence is found that Ray's family never was at the hospital. He is taken to the gas station by the police and a hospital psychiatrist. It is also found that Ray was a recovering alcoholic and eight years ago, caused a car crash where his first wife, Abby, died with their unborn child. They find a large bloodstain in the pit and attempt to arrest Ray on suspicion of him murdering his wife and daughter. He takes an officer's gun and locks everyone in the gas station before returning to the hospital. He reaches the basement, after strangling a security guard to death, and finds that Peri is about to have her organs harvested. He drags her out of the operating theatre, along with a drugged Joanne, shooting a doctor as they leave. As they drive away, it is revealed that his family died in the pit; Peri from her fall and Joanne after Ray pushed her and her skull landed on a protruding piece of rebar. Their bodies have been in the trunk of the car the whole time, and the events of the hospital visit resulted from Ray's psyche trying to deny the reality of what had happened. In the back seat, a seriously ill patient who Ray extracted from surgery lies unconscious.



In November 2018, Sam Worthington signed to star, with Brad Anderson attached to direct Alan B. McElroy's script, 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][6] It was released on Netflix on October 11, 2019.[7]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 59% of 29 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.7/10. The website's 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."[8] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 36 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[9]


  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. ^ "Fractured Premiere Fantastic Fest Photos and Premium High Res Pictures - Getty Images".
  7. ^ Collis, Clark (September 13, 2019). "First Look at Sam Worthington in vanished-child thriller Fractured". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "Fractured". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 2023-01-24.  
  9. ^ "Fractured". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved 2023-01-24.

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