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Fragments (2009)

Kate Beckinsale , Forest Whitaker , Rowan Woods  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Jeanne Tripplehorn
  • Directors: Rowan Woods
  • Writers: Roy Freirich
  • Producers: Devesh Chetty, Gilbert Alloul, John Flock, John J. Kelly, Lewin Webb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BEJ3BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fragments" on IMDb

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One moment can change a lifetime. Shots ring out and the early morning tranquility of a diner shatters. As survivors pick up the pieces, they find themselves transforming in the most unexpected ways as they cope with the aftermath. One brief moment and their lives are changed forever. Featuring an all-star cast including Kate Beckinsale, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, and Academy Award® winners Forest Whitaker (Best Actor, The Last King of Scotland, 2006) and Jennifer Hudson (Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls, 2006).

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredicted Terror, Unexpected Consequences August 15, 2009
Format:DVD
FRAGMENTS (AKA Winged Creatures) is an uncomfortable movie: the subject matter of spontaneous unsuspected violence and the subsequent impact on the lives of those who survive a near death situation is terrifying. FRAGMENTS takes a moment in time and then reveals how that moment alters the psyche and behavior of numerous people from children to adults. It is disconcerting to watch, but at the same time it makes us face the possibilities of how isolated cracks in the universe can alter our lives. As the tagline suggests 'You have to lose your way to find it.'

The film opens with a day in a Los Angeles diner where a gunman enters and randomly opens fire on the customers at the tables and the staff serving them and then kills himself. We are forced to watch this happen but through the eyes of the people attempting to dodge the attack. Among these are a waitress (Kate Beckinsale), a man seated at the counter being denied attention as he glances at his new brochures on dealing with cancer (Forest Whitaker), a doctor (Guy Pearce), a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who witnesses the murder of her father, a young boy (Josh Hutcherson) whose terror results in his becoming mute, among others. The film then abruptly clips to the fragments that remain - the lives as being lived by the survivors as well as their families - a cast of brilliant cameos by Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jackie Earle Haley, Robin Weigert, Jennifer Hudson and Embeth Davidtz.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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There have been inevitable comparisons to a slew of other films for this one, but in the end it manages to convey its own little message of loss and PTSD fallout (in various age groups).

The four main story lines and one subplot of a restaurant shooting are mixed into a time line of flashbacks and present day tapestry. For me, Dakota Fanning was the central character and had the biggest epiphany moment at the end, so I think fans of hers will be pleased. Forest Whitaker stumbled onto the set from his last four films of a similar nature, so I rate this on a higher element because of the editing alone, maybe the music and the moment of clarity given to the central story at the end. Since Kate Beckinsale's and Guy Pearce's characters were both totally unlikeable and despicable, I have to call this a Fanning film again.

The sound and picture are solid, but the supplement was inconsequential. I did listen to most of the commentary, but it was one of those that underwhelmed me. Four stars for the film itself, I feel a very worthy watch. Honestly, the reviews I read about re-analyzing the story and content do a disservice, without divulging too much I think you will get something out of this film. Once again a teen outshines the adults in a tapestry film; from Man on Fire to Hounddog to this - she proves her talent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look January 10, 2011
Format:DVD
Fragments is a similar movie to "Crash" and "Babel" in that it juggles several stories simultaneously. The difference here is that we follow the stories after they diverge from a single violent act.

A man walks into a diner, pulls a gun, and starts shooting people at random. Some are killed. Some are wounded. He finally turns the gun on himself and the episode is over. We follow the aftermath of several of the survivors and how the incident has changed their lives.

This is a fine ensemble cast of veterans who all do a good job with their rolls. It's acted well and directed well. The music is somewhere between spooky and somber and doesn't intrude on the proceedings.

I suppose my problem with the film lies at the script level. We follow several stories but three of them are key and a couple of them I didn't really understand. The third (with Dakota Fanning) involved a particular point that maybe shouldn't have been so devastating to her and might not have been had she confided in someone who could have put it in perspective for her. I cannot articulate on any of them without being a spoiler so, anyone interested enough, will need to find out on their own.

That being said, this is still a good movie and well worth watching. At one hour and thirty six minutes it won't strain your time budget. Everything moves at an even pace. If you're into dramas this is a better than even bet for your attention.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me September 10, 2012
By KLP
Format:DVD
I am going to sum this movie up in one word: TERRIBLE. I was highly disappointed especially since it had so many good actors/actresses.
The most interesting part of the movie was the first ten minutes; actually that was the only part of the movie that made much sense. The movie had no story line whatsoever. It's just random pieces of several characters lives, crappy ones from the looks of it. The only person I really liked was Dakota Fanning but then at the end she did a 180. Very confused. It ended weird and you are just as confused as when the movie begins. Not a single thing made sense to me. Just awful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Very confusing. could not get into any of the characters.
Published 3 months ago by Marcella R Bench
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected and therefore was not good
The film does have some good acting. However, its too "fragmented" and doesn't have any good cohesion. Plus... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ACE
5.0 out of 5 stars FRAGMENTS FORM A WHOLE
Some reviewers didn't get it. But it was just the effects that a mindless violent act had on several people who just happened to be in a diner when a deranged gunman committed his... Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Childers
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad and Dreary
I was looking forward to seeing Dakota Fanning and Kate Beckinsale, and yes, their acting was good. But this movie is proof that acting alone won't carry a movie--you have to have... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ken Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie Fragments .
What fun ! I am the crap dealer next to to Forrest Whitaker . The movie was filmed at the Morongo Casino in Banning, CA in three days while I appeared as an extra .
Published 9 months ago by Robert Tufo
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
Most films that are split into separate parts and tell a story in pieces, come together at the end. All the characters converge, culminating in a terrific ending, but Fragments was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Todd Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
it is what it is: fragments of different peoples stories. I liked it. it had a good cast, was very believable.
Published 16 months ago by jeona
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESUM
this movie was fantastic i love forest whitaker anyways kate is beautifuL & dekota fanning is fantasticic also, this movie is a real wake up call & tesamony to what can happen in... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Elmer Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow movie
The story is one of those ones that you think will get better but never does. The concept was ok but the story just moved in the wrong direction and never really go going.
Published 20 months ago by Michael Harding
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible but Kate beckinsales sooo hot!
Terrible but Kate beckinsales soo hot! ... But they did manage to make me sick about what a terrible person she was in the movie and all that
Published 21 months ago by Darkshaman
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