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3.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Jackie Earle Haley, Forest Whitaker, Al Ruscio, Kevin Cooney, James LeGros
  • Directors: Rowan Woods
  • Producers: Robert Salerno
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BEJ3BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fragments" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2009
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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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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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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 crime. Most of it centers on a young girls memory loss and denial of just how events unfolded that day when her father was murdered at the table she and a young friend were sitting at. Snap shots of that memory become clearer near the conclusion of the movie and you see how previous flash backs were inaccurate. If that sounds dull . . . this story is anything but! There is much more to it involving the other characters, but I won't spoil it. This was a very emotional, gut wrenching movie. Sometimes so very hard to watch. The acting is splendid and as usual I'm amazed at how well the younger actors perform. I'm intrigued at how great features like this one go virtually unnoticed and under the radar. A lot of people are missing an intense and very real cinema experience.
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FRAGMENTS is hard for me to describe. The actors involved in the film were ALL exceptional and the beginning started out very strongly, when a lone gunman walks into a crowded diner and opens fire at the customers, then turns the gun on himself. At first, the film seemed to be following about 4 different story lines and how each of the characters were affected in their day-to-day lives by what they had witnessed, from a waitress (Kate Beckinsale) to a doctor (Guy Pearce) to a man who had just found out he had cancer (Forest Whitaker) to a teen aged girl (Dakota Fanning), who sees her father get killed.
But, for me, that is when the film seems to get a bit "scatter-brained" and frankly, hard to understand; at least, hard to understand a few of the peoples' actions after that event. Obviously, it was trying to tell a story about PTSD and the different ways people cope, but I had a hard time with both the Dr.'s story and the waitress's story! Neither one seemed "believable" to me. But, it's definitely a disturbing, unsettling movie that does bring the viewer "into the story" very well and is worth watching, even if it leaves you a bit confused!
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