• Fragments
  • Fragments


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Director: Rowan Woods

Cast: Rowan Woods, Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce


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In the aftermath of a gruesome restaurant murder, the survivors of the attack are left to ponder their own mortality and how it relates to their connection to society. Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, and Dakota Fanning headline See more details below


In the aftermath of a gruesome restaurant murder, the survivors of the attack are left to ponder their own mortality and how it relates to their connection to society. Forest Whitaker, Guy Pearce, Kate Beckinsale, and Dakota Fanning headline Little Fish director Rowan Woods' adaptation of Roy Freirich's debut novel.

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It's official -- the multi-linear, nonchronological narrative film, so recently praised as the pinnacle of Hollywood innovation, has been successfully depleted of its ingenuity, and now seems to be settling harmlessly into the realm of genre. Fragments, the first American film from Australian director Rowan Woods, is a paint-by-numbers entry into the field that features benign examples of most of the essential cinematic elements of this rapidly stagnating style. A confusing opening scene, which eventually gains coherence through repeated flashbacks with additional information revealed, depicts an act of violence (in this case, a shooting in a diner) that temporarily unites a group of strangers, played by an ensemble cast. After the event, the survivors diverge and enter into clearly delineated systems of grief -- Anne (Dakota Fanning) gives her life to God, Carla (Kate Beckinsale) tries to calm her constantly crying baby, Charlie (Forest Whitaker) parlays his luck into a casino trip, Jimmy (Josh Hutcherson) stops speaking. The only character who threatens to become interesting is Dr. Laraby (Guy Pearce), who tests the threshold between medicine and poison by secretly dosing his wife with prescription drugs. The rest are defined solely by their rigid reactions to the tragedy, and their patterned behavior seems to eclipse any thoughtful consideration of the purportedly random nature of the shooting. While the plotlines intersect at times, the separate stories remain oddly quarantined, since each cast member is so locked into his or her own trajectory that there is no opportunity for the characters to modify each other's behavior. Whatever surprises the film offers are based solely on information artificially withheld from the audience, rather than changes that arise spontaneously through the interactions of the characters. The final revelation, which involves a bodily fluid, should be as embarrassing for the filmmakers as it would have been for the character involved, and the fact that a film about a horrific shooting relies on a gun as a catalyst for the climax is problematic, to say the least. The questionable story elements are further weakened by stale stylistic choices, such as the aforementioned repetition of the opening scene, a fluttering musical score that strives to deepen the film's significance, and a denouement featuring a voice-over that uses a literary passage to neatly recap the intended meaning of the film. Woods and his crew can be commended for the benevolence of their subject matter, and 20 years ago, their film would likely have been hailed for its creative vision, but in the wake of Magnolia, 21 Grams, and Crash, Fragments is nothing more than a disappointing example of a once-marginal type of film that has become decidedly mainstream.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Includes director's commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Forest Whitaker Actor,Charlie
Kate Beckinsale Actor,Carla
Guy Pearce Actor,Dr. Laraby
Dakota Fanning Actor,Anne
Josh Hutcherson Jimmy,Actor
Jennifer Hudson Actor,Kathy
Jackie Earle Haley Actor,Bob
Jeanne Tripplehorn Actor,Doris
Embeth Davidtz Actor,Joan
Troy Garity Ron

Technical Credits
Rowan Woods Director
Nicole Abellera Casting
Gilbert Alloul Executive Producer
Max Biscoe Production Designer
Devesh Chetty Executive Producer
Naomi Despres Executive Producer
Eric Alan Edwards Cinematographer
Eric Edwards Cinematographer
John Flock Executive Producer
Roy Freirich Co-producer,Screenwriter
Robyn Gardiner Executive Producer
Mary Claire Hannan Costumes/Costume Designer
John Kelly Co-producer
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Meg Reticker Editor
Robert Salerno Producer
Lewin Webb Executive Producer
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fragments
1. Chapter 1 [7:43]
2. Chapter 2 [6:47]
3. Chapter 3 [7:44]
4. Chapter 4 [7:10]
5. Chapter 5 [5:35]
6. Chapter 6 [9:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:50]
8. Chapter 8 [4:46]
9. Chapter 9 [6:13]
10. Chapter 10 [6:02]
11. Chapter 11 [5:45]
12. Chapter 12 [9:39]


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