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Monday, May 19, 2014

Broken a DVD Movie Review

Tim Roth, Eloise Laurence, Broken,
Skunk and her Father.
Broken is one of those movies that start with a slap in the face, quite literally. In the opening act a savage act witnessed by a young girl. Her neighbor relentlessly beats a handicapped teen with the bucket he was using to wash his parents car. This brutally violent act deeply affects Skunk (Brilliantly played by newcomer Eloise Laurence) who no longer sees the world through child’s eyes. Broken is very reminiscent of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ our main character is called ‘Skunk’ much like ‘Scout’ and the unfortunate disabled teen is pretty much ‘Boo Radley’. Skunk’s father (Tim Roth) is even a Lawyer who has to help the wrongfully accused. The movie flashes back and we learn what caused this act to happen. The neighbor Mr. Oswald found a condom wrapper in his young daughter Susan’s (Rosalie Kosky-Hensman) room. Afraid her father will punish her she accuses Rick Buckley (the handicapped neighbor boy) of raping her. Even though his daughter was virgin at the time Mr. Oswald doesn’t believe Rick innocence.

**Spoiler Alert! If You haven't seen this movie yet... Proceed at your own risk!**

Rory Kinnear, Rosalie Kosky-Hensman,
This act of violence cause a ripple effect in the close knitted community. Skunk is our window into the world that’s slowly falling apart around her. Skunk seems beyond her age of only 11; yet she still has innocence about her. She is very tomboyish and naïve at the start of the movie. She has type-1 diabetes and monitors her own condition; her mother left when she was very young. Her brother Jed (Bill Milner) is a skateboarding cigarette smoking punk. Her father is very busy with his work and they have a live-in nanny Kasia (Zana Marjanović). Kasia is wrapped up in her own life and long time boyfriend Mike (Cillian Murphy). They soon break-up due to commitment issues; as Kasia wants children and Mike doesn’t. Skunk has a very obvious crush on Mike, but she finds a love interest in a boy her own age. Her blossoming romance with this boy is the only gentle and pure thing about this movie. Susan has become promiscuous sleeping with pretty much every boy and young man in the neighborhood. Skunk even catches her brother sleeping with Susan. Not surprisingly she becomes pregnant and when her dad finds out she accuses yet another innocent man of raping her. Susan has accused Mike who is school teacher and happens to be Skunk’s teacher. As you may have guessed Mr. Oswald is angry and he goes to the school to find and beat-up Mike. Meanwhile Rick has been institutionalized he doesn’t understand why everyone thinks he is a bad man. Mrs. Buckley is the only person who believes in Rick’s innocence. Skunk doesn’t even think Rick is innocent. She has become very curious as she regularly catches him peeping into her window.


Skunk (Eloise Laurence)
This movie is brutal and honest in its delivery even though there are so many bad things happening. The trailer and promotional posters would have you believe this is a father and daughter coming-of-age story. That it’s not if anything Broken is a movie about daughters growing up and apart from their fathers. Broken is coming-of-age story but not in the traditional sense. This is a movie about loss of innocence but not just in the sexual sense. As I said earlier this movie starts with a slap in the face and it just gets worse from there. Don’t take that as a bad thing as I’m not saying the movie itself is bad; but every possible way you can imagine someone losing happens. Broken is a relentless movie it doesn’t just pull at your heartstrings it tears them out then slaps you in the face. The only time this movie lets up is near the end; when Skunk is dreaming. I feel that showing Skunks dream world ruins the realistic feeling of the film. Broken was based upon the book of the same name. Maybe this ending was an essential part of the book? I haven’t read it but I feel they could have left that part out and still come to same resolution in the end. Anyways I highly recommend this movie though it’s not for the weak of heart. Have a box of tissues handy. 

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