When Shattered opened in theaters in 1991, a lot of mainstream critics sniffed that its convoluted plot was “ridiculous.” But what were they expecting from a movie about a wealthy businessman reconstructing his life after a near-fatal car accident leaves with no memory? Maybe the reviewers were thrown off by the fact that the movie is in color, but Shattered is a film noir through and through.
Unlike fellow Euro émigré Paul Verhoeven (who was mining similar territory in the early ’90s with Basic Instinct ), director Wolfgang Petersen (Troy, I n the Line of Fire ) here resists the temptation to poke fun at the outlandish twists and turns of his plot. As Tom Berenger’s wife, Greta Scacchi makes a fetching femme fatale, while the bulldoggish Bob Hoskins steals the show as a more lighthearted version of the dogged investigator played by Edward G. Robinson in Double Indemnity . So the shadows are purple instead of gray. Suspend your disbelief (and longing for a simpler palette) and enjoy the show.Read More