In this DVD premiere, Pierce Brosnan is a gunman who kidnaps a girl and forces her parents to perform a series of tasks. Bonuses: featurettes, deleted scenes, commentary.
Pierce Brosnan takes a step away from James Bond with his malevolent role in Shattered
. Neil Randall (Gerard Butler) seems a loving father and the perfect husband for his happy wife Abby (Maria Bello). But when the two leave their daughter with a babysitter and drive off, a man with a gun (Brosnan) appears in their backseat and puts them through a series of tests that threaten to destroy their marriage. Shattered
is a taut little thriller that comes to a not entirely satisfying end; once we learn what's behind the kidnapper's games, the air goes out of the movie. But as it goes along, Shattered
has a lot of momentum, mystery, and tension, and the solid cast keeps the emotions gritty and intense. Brosnan works his steely-eyed squint, Butler practically foams at the mouth with repressed rage, and Bello manages to be frightened, determined, and sexy, all at the same time. Keep your expectations low and Shattered
will be an enjoyable thriller. --Bret Fetzer