• Publication date: January 29, 2011

THE BROKEN THE BROKEN

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A young professional named Gina McVey (Lena Headey of 300 notoriety) is having ...

A young professional named Gina McVey (Lena Headey of 300 notoriety) is having a pleasant dinner with her parents and boyfriend, Stefan (Melvil Poupaud) when a mirror suddenly shatters. The break causes a minor disruption, though no one is sure why it occurred. Baffled, they attribute it to a freak accident and continue eating. While returning home from work the following day, Gina notices a woman driving a car identical to hers; more startling, however, is that the driver is a tit-for-tat clone of herself. Perplexed, she follows the doppelganger home and enters the mysterious person's apartment. Inside she finds a photograph of herself and her father. The discovery shocks Gina, and she frantically darts out of the flat. Gina is still hysterical upon driving away, and as a result, crashes into another vehicle. She awakes in a hospital bed and is eventually discharged. Stefan allows his girlfriend to recover in his apartment, but he is a distinctly different and angry person; the only things recognizable about Stefan are his physical features. A series of frightening nightmares ensue that eventually manifest themselves in real life. Something is clearly wrong and danger is certain unless the mystery is unraveled. Ultimately Gina correlates the beginning of these odd events with the fallen mirror, though that realization is only one piece in a much larger puzzle. Fans of classic horror flicks like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Psycho will likely recognize similar plot devices in The Broken, though not used in a cheap, derivative fashion. This is a psychological thriller in the truest sense, free from the gratuitous gore commonplace in modern horror films. Rating: Rated R for some violence, brief sexuality, nudity, and explicit language.