Review: ‘RUPTURE’ challenges human perception.

Fantasia International Film Festival 2016
 Sitges Film Festival 2016
 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) 2016

RUPTURE is directed by Steven Shainberg (Secretary, Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus) from a script co-written by Shainberg and Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). The film stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski, Fargo), Kerry Bishe (AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” Argo), and Michael Chiklis (FX’s “The Shield,” Fantastic Four).

RUPTURE follows Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace), a single mom, who is deathly terrified of spiders.  While in route to meet up with a friend, she is violently abducted by a group of strangers.  After enduring intense yet strange questioning and examinations, some about her fear of spiders, Renee soon discovers that she is now the subject of an underground experiment.  Her captors explain to her that she has a genetic abnormality that can potentially allow her to “rupture” and reveals her alien nature.  Renee must find a way to escape before it is too late.
Writer/director Steven Shainberg became an award-winning indie film sensation with 2002’s kink masterpiece Secretary, his second feature following 1998’s powerful Jim Thompson adaptation Hit Me. Four years after, he returned with the poetic and beautiful Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.

Noomi Rapace‘s previous roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus make her the perfect actress to tackle a role that is both physically taxing and unglamorous AND that delves into fear and alien genetics. I cannot imagine anyone else for this very niche role. The rest of the eclectic cast’s performances seem off-putting at first, but makes more sense as the plot rolls along, so don’t let that throw you as you watch. Rapace owns this film from the very first frame she appears in. In less than 13 minutes, we have a fully established mother/son relationship that is so valuable to the script and emotional hold of an audience. The dialogue is ominous and well paced. As the story progresses, the film has a Hostel meets Splice vibe.

Rupture’s sound and music editing add to the impending sense of ‘something ain’t right here”. The oversaturated lighting scheme and set colors achieve a similarly unsettling feel that is perfect for this genre. You can’t escape the immediately engrossing plot. Rupture is a fantastic balance of scary and scientific exploration that makes for one hell of a ride.

AMBI Media Group will release the sci-fi thriller RUPTURE in theaters and On Demand April 28, 2017.  The film is currently available exclusively on DirecTV.

62 New Movies Hit HBO Go – ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’ ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ & More


Movies of note:

  • Little Miss Sunshine – My favorite indie of 2007. Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Toni Colette
  • Mrs Doubtfire – “Dude looks like a lady!”
  • One Fine DayMichelle Pfeiffer & George Clooney in adorableness
  • RecountKevin Spacey & Denis Leary in the HBO movie about that crazy election.
  • The RockNicolas Cage, done.
  • RushRon Howard directs Chris Hemsworth in this racing drama
  • Sleeping With the EnemyJulia Roberts stars in this domestic abuse thriller
  • Staying Alive – Oh, oh, oh, John Travolta
  • The Talented Mr Ripley – Revisit this amazing movie with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • TammyMelissa McCarthy is actually pretty tolerable and it features lots of amazing actresses
  • Too Big to Fail – HBO with another political drama that draws praise
  • We’re the Millers – It’s silly, it’s fun and it’s got Jason Sudekis
  • Wet Hot American Summer – Catch the movie before the episodes on Netflix this July
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Before ’50 Shades of Grey’ There Was ‘Secretary’ ‘Basic Instinct’ & ‘Another 9-1/2 Weeks’

secretary basic instinct another 9-12 weeksBefore FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, there was SECRETARY. James Spader leads this sexy and daring comedy as the original Mr. Grey, a seemingly normal lawyer whose relationship with his new secretary (Maggie Gyllenhaal) descends into a kinky affair that would give nightmares to any human resource director! Check out the new artwork and trailer below. SECRETARY is available now on VOD and Digital HD. And for the first time ever the behind-the-scenes featurette is available on Digital HD. Read More →