3 October 2016 | leadsynth
Killer Mexican locations. Surprising, unpredictable story.
This solid indie thriller's gritty all-hand-held cinematography will transport you to Mexico City and the surrounding desert and jungle, where the colorful cast delivers a satisfyingly realistic mix of Spanish and English, led by guileless Gwendolyn Garver as Natalie. This seemingly innocent ingenue will surprise you with her anti-heroic antics, stopping at absolutely nothing on her quest to unravel the mystery of her missing husband and the mysterious key he left behind. Natalie's not afraid to get her hands dirty -- or bloody. If you like HOMELAND, you'll like how this movie depicts mental illness, the stigma attached to it, and the strong female lead's fear and frustration at not being able to trust her own thoughts and memories. The title, FRAGMENTED, seems to refer to the characters' disparate versions of events. Just like the characters, I found myself wondering "What is real?" Don't look away for a second -- you won't want to miss any clues in this totally unpredictable story.