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Broken review
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A good cure for insomnia

Broken stars Heather Graham as a down on her luck wannabe singer-songwriter, working in a diner somewhere or other. She's left her junkie boyfriend, but he finds her, declaring her love and... well... by this point I was way past caring.

There is, to be fair, a bit of plot, but if I continued for another 30 words you'd know how it ends. The trouble is there's about 20 other characters who are sort of involved in what's going on in the diner, but no reason to actually care about any of them. In fact even Graham's character (cleverly called Hope... you see what they did there?) as the main protagonist is difficult to feel much for. A small bit of pity perhaps since she's clearly far too rubbish to live up to her dreams, but that aside completely emotionless.

Most of the film is shot in the one set, only occasionally breaking outside, presumably to give some kind of feeling of claustrophobia or similar, but all this does is reminds you that there was clearly virtually no budget for the film. It just becomes hard work caring after the first ten minutes or so.

Ultimately though, in fairness to the crew, this film isn't actually inherently bad. The plot itself actually hangs together, the characters' motives for their actions throughout the film are fairly clear and so on. When it comes down to it though, the plot and characters aren't interesting, while the whole things is just quite poorly told and ultimately enveloping the viewer with it's on inherent dullness. As the headline says, good for insomniacs only, otherwise avoid at all costs.

Added by Phil
10 years ago on 17 February 2009 00:38