Directed by: Steven Shainberg
Written By: Brian Nelson and Steven Shainberg
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishe
Rupture is a tense thriller that sees the star of Prometheus and former Dragon Tattooed girl, Noomi Rapace as Renee Morgan, a regular woman trying to raise her son as a single parent with an asshole ex-husband.
While on her way to do a skydive, Renee is taken hostage by a mysterious organisation, seemingly for no real reason. Trapped in their facility, undergoing horrific treatments from creepy doctors played by the always entertaining Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare, Renee has to figure out why she’s there and how she will survive. I’m not going to go into too much detail as it would give away more of the plot than I need to and this is a film that relies on its slow burn and reveals.
Some films are uncomfortable to watch. That’s not always a positive, but in the case of Rupture it is. A dark, tightly wound thriller, Rupture evokes memories of films that they don’t make any more. In a lot of ways, it feels like a European movie. The tension is built as the story progresses, keeping the audience both guessing and feeling uneasy as we are ratcheted along toward the inevitable reveal. People with a fear of spiders should also be warned going in!
Remember about 10 or so years ago, we had all those sensational French and Spanish horror/thrillers? The biggest compliment I can pay this movie is that it sits right alongside films like Martyrs, REC, Haute Tension, Frontiers and so many others. Claustrophobic scenes in air vents and tight camera shots on Rapace strapped to a gurney show director Steven Shainberg means business.
The cast, as I’ve mentioned already, is superb. Noomi Rapace gives a good performance, really conveying the terror she’s put through. I feel like Rapace is a hugely underrated actress, for me she’s a highlight in everything she’s in. Since first seeing the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I’ve been a fan.
Former member of the Fantastic Four, Michael Chiklis shows up to offer mystery and weird experiments, while Peter Stormare pops up to deliver a dose of European weirdness only he can deliver. Argo’s Kerry Bishé plays a sinister nurse or doctor or something, it’s never quite clear what any of these bad guys do. Other than that their motives are sinister. Not that that’s a bad thing. Not everything needs to be spoon-fed to audiences.
Rupture is a taut, tense thriller , that keeps you guessing until the very end. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected and I would definitely recommend it if you’re into horror, thriller or Sci fi.
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