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Shattered (1991)

Directed by:
Wolfgang Petersen

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Psychological thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Ukjent fortid

RUNNING TIME
98 minutes

Produced by:
Wolfgang Petersen
John Davis
David Korda

Written by (based on a novel by Richard Neely):
Wolfgang Petersen


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dan Merrick Tom Berenger
Judith Merrick Greta Scacchi
Gus Klein Bob Hoskins ½
Jenny Scott Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
Jeb Scott Corbin Bernsen ½

 

Review

The late Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) wrote and directed this fittingly campy psychological thriller starring Tom Berenger, Greta Scacchi and a wonderful Bob Hoskins. Berenger plays a man suffering from psychogenic amnesia after a harrowing car accident. He barely survives, but only after a number of (plastic) operations. His quest to uncover what happened in the run-up to the accident shares quite a few similarities with Christopher Nolan’s now classic Memento, except that Shattered never strays too far from its genre-obligations. The film almost nails that delicate balance between the audacious and the authentic. Had Scacchi played it more straight in her role as the wife, it might have succeeded. Hoskins elevates a number of otherwise run-of-the-mill segments with his spirited performance. Also with Joanne Whalley-Kilmer and Corbin Bernsen in supporting roles as Berenger and Scacchi's friends.

Copyright © 05.09.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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