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Shattered (2007)

Butterfly on a Wheel (original title)
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A perfect family's dynamic is ruined by a kidnapper's brutally efficient plot.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Tom Ryan
Maria Bello ... Abby Randall
Gerard Butler ... Neil Randall
Emma Karwandy Emma Karwandy ... Sophie Randall
Claudette Mink ... Judy Ryan
Desiree Zurowski ... Helen Schriver
Nicholas Lea ... Jerry Crane
Peter Keleghan ... Karl Granger
Samantha Ferris ... Diane
Malcolm Stewart ... Dave Carver
Callum Keith Rennie ... Det. McGill
Dustin Milligan ... Matt Ryan
Julie Patzwald Julie Patzwald ... Female Teller
Jason McKinnon ... French Waiter
Kurt Evans ... Maitre D'
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The happily-married couple of Neil and Abby Randall have worked very hard to create a healthy and safe bubble for themselves and their only daughter, Sophie. However, their seemingly idyllic life will start crumbling into pieces when, out of the blue, the determined and methodical gunman, Tom Ryan, holds them captive, as his cold-blooded accomplice uses Sophie for leverage. Now, Abby and Neil have no other choice but to do Tom's bidding if they want to keep their child alive--and with every task they successfully perform--they see a piece of their orderly life being robbed from them. But, why is this perfect stranger bent on destroying three innocents? Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Shattered See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,651,640
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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The cartoon being watched in the hotel room is Ed, Ed & Eddy See more »

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During the epilogue, Abby's hair alternates from being tucked behind her ear to simply hanging in her face. See more »

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Tom Ryan: Never pick a fight with someone who's got nothing to lose.
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An absolute gem of a thriller
30 December 2007 | by Craig_McPhersonSee all my reviews

Every once in a while a movie comes along without any great fanfare, advance hype or viral marketing – a true sleeper, as it were – and causes the viewer to wonder how such a gem flew under the radar. Such is the case with Butterfly on a Wheel (released in North America under the title Shattered).

The title Butterfly on a Wheel, taken from the Alexander Pope's 1734 poem "Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot", refers to someone putting massive effort into achieving something considered minor or unimportant, and is cryptically referred to at various points in the story and pretty much sums up the entire plot of this movie.

Gerard Butler plays Neil Randall, a Chicago advertising executive and rising star at his firm. He appears to have everything going for him. A boss who views him as the heir apparent, a loving wife, adoring moppet-headed daughter, nice house, car – he's living the American dream. That is until everything comes to a grinding halt when, on an outing with his wife (Maria Bello) they find themselves hijacked by Tom Ryan (Pierce Brosnan), a mysterious stranger who tells them his associate has their daughter captive and unless they wish to see her alive again, they must complete a series of arduous and cryptic challenges.

From there unfolds a cat and mouse game with Ryan's motives becoming ever more difficult to decipher as the movie progresses. With a plot peppered with enough red herrings to keep you guessing (I thought for sure I had it all figured out early on, only to be thrown for a loop), Butterfly on a Wheel/Shattered is paced to perfection, strongly acted by all three principals, and delivers a smart, almost too clever story.

What's more, it will leave you thinking about it long after viewing, and even motivating you to go over scenes again to try and find flaws, which may be there, but are very cleverly hidden.

While the media blitz that tends to foreshadow most movie releases undoubtedly benefits the film studios, in this case I can honestly say that knowing zero about this film going in actually worked in its favor, and has me marking it as one not to be missed.


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