Detective Paul Grunning is trying to piece together his fractured life. When a routine disturbance at the Ulster home turns into an unexplainable death, all he has worked for will be tested. An ailing, addicted cop, Grunning (James Macdonald), is haunted by his own bad choices. He investigates the mysterious house, only to find shifting testimonies and perplexing new clues in every room. Sifting through the erratic claims of Rachel (Crystal Mantecon), the seductive grad student, Emma, the victim's wife, and Andrew, a bitterly resentful sone, Grunning uncovers motives but no real answers. Ultimately, Grunning must navigate a fractured reality and his own insecurities to find what's real.
James McDonald is a character actor who has had guest roles on such shows as Lie To Me, CSI: Miami and In Plain Sight. Last year he had the starring role in a strange but intriguing mystery called Fissure. In Fissure, McDonald plays Paul Grunning, a cop who doesn t seem to be all there. We get to see him at the start of the film in some kind of self-help support group. Fissure is an intense psychological drama. I think that most viewers will react as I did; that Grunning has really lost it. Was there really a murder or not? If so, who was the killer and why? And if not, how was Grunning going to get right with himself and the world? At first I was ready to dismiss this film as so much pop psych mumbo jumbo. But by the end, I was both intrigued and entertained by the twists and turns that the film had taken. For a good murder mystery / psychological drama, Fissure is well worth watching. --BVS Reviews