Splintered (2010) – By Duane L. Martin

Somewhere out in the British countryside, farmers and animals are being attacked. Some people think it’s some sort of a monster. Others just don’t know what to think. Sophie (Holly Weston), a troubled teen thanks to childhood trauma and her friends head out to the woods in search of whatever’s been causing these attacks. One of them thinks it’s all a crock, others are just curious or along for the ride. Whatever is out there though, there’s a priest who wants to find it as well…to stop it once and for all. He’s been tracking it for a long time, and now he’s located the probable location where the thing is holed up, but will he get there in time to save Sophie and her friends, or will he be too late to save both them…and himself?

I had to be very careful in my description of this film, because if I gave away too much, it would ruin the one really good aspect of the film, and I don’t want to do that. So I’m going to be purposely vague in this review just so I don’t end up spoiling it.

This film, well, to put it bluntly, it has a lot of problems. The story is weak, the characters are fairly cookie cutter and it’s never explained in any detail exactly what happened to Sophie when she was a child that left her so traumatized. At first it seems like something supernatural happened to her, but then it was played off more like she was molested, so I really have no idea what the deal was there.

This film had a lot of potential, and Stephen Walters’ performance was the one real bright spot in this film, as he played a dual role, and worked both characters brilliantly. Unfortunately I can’t really talk about who he was or what his part in the film is without giving away the part of the plot that shouldn’t be given away. Suffice it to say, he put in a brilliant performance and deserves solid recognition for that.

The rest of the cast did as good of a job as can be expected with their characters as well. My problem with this film isn’t with the cast or the technical quality or anything else like that. My problem is with the script. This thing could have seriously used a few more re-writes to fix some of the more questionable aspects of it, as well as clarifying the whole thing that happened to Sophie as a kid and how it relates to what’s happening in this film, because I just didn’t get the connection at all. It was so vague that it really just seemed like something extra that was tagged on as an afterthought to explain why she’s still a virgin, which in and of itself really had very little to do with the story.

The look of the film is actually pretty genuinely awesome. Much of the action takes place either in the woods or in this old, abandoned and very creepy orphanage. The coloration of the film is reminiscent of the later Harry Potter films, where everything is very dark and gray. It’s a look that really suits the film and lends to the overall creepy feeling it’s trying to convey. The technicals of the production are quite good as well. The film is simply gimped by a story that had some good ideas, but in the end, needed more work to fix some of the problems.

The special features on this release include a behind the scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and the trailers for the film.

If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out its page on the Well Go USA website here, and if you’d like to pick up a copy for yourself, you can get it on both blu-ray and DVD from Amazon.