Rupture Movie Review
Written by Gabino Iglesias
Released by AMBI Media Group
Directed by Steven Shainberg
Written by Brian Nelson and Steven Shainberg
2017, 100 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on April 28th, 2017
Noomi Rapace as Renee
Peter Stormare as Terrence
Kerry Bishé as Dianne
How can you make something as awful as arachnophobia dull? How can you take an actress as talented as Noomi Rapace and make her deliver an uninspired performance? How can you mix horror and science fiction and end up with a film that doesn’t really do justice to either genre? I don’t have any answers for these questions, but I can tell you that Rupture is culpable of all of them.
Rupture follows Renee Morgan, a single mom from Canada who’s trying her best to take care of her tween son and deal with her nasty ex-husband. Renee is being observed and followed, and after a tire blowout she suffers while in route to meet up with a friend, she is quickly and violently abducted and thrown in the back of a van by strangers. She ends up in a weird room, tied to gurney and subjected to questioning and examinations by a group of weirdos. Then the torture begins, and it includes spiders because Renee suffers from arachnophobia. Renee’s captors explain to her that a genetic abnormality in her signifies an alien nature, and she must “rupture” to reach her full potential. Will she go through with it or find a way to escape? What follows is...ah, not that interesting and that’s enough of a synopsis.
Here’s the deal: this film is derivative, boring, and unimaginative. Imagine a great alien that tips its hat to the Hostel franchise and then take away everything that makes the aliens cool and all the gore, excitement, fear, and torture. Got it? Okay, now fill it with characters that were too unexciting to be cast in a high school play of The Stepford Wives and you’re more or less beginning to approach Rupture. Seriously, if you told me before watching it that a movie with Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, and Peter Stormare was going to make me yawn, I wouldn’t have believed you. Furthermore, I had no reason to believe that director Steven Shainberg, who directed, among others, The Secretary and Hit Me, was going to fuck up so colossally.
I sometimes get frustrated at low-budget films, but when the same things that bother me in those are repeated in films with larger budgets, talented actors, and a good director, then I get kind of angry. And I think some of the actors felt the same way. This is a role that requires physical action, crying, screaming, and panicking. Rapace does all of it, but more like a professional going through the motions that like a talented actress giving her all in a role she believes in. It’s like she realized halfway through shooting that the whole shebang was going to end up being trash but decided that the professional thing to do would be to finish the job and move on to bigger and better things.
Rupture does everything possible to not tell a story. It also works hard at being a horror movie with no horror, a thriller that doesn’t thrill, and a science fiction narrative that pushes the envelope in terms of mediocrity. I could go on all day calling this one dreary, insipid, and lackluster, but that would just end up being as bad as the film, so I’ll leave it there. Watch at your own risk.