Verity Oswin, Dan Dotson (executive), Laura Dotson (executive) for 30 Something Productions
directed by Douglas Elford-Argent
starring Gwendolyn Garver, Aidan Bristow, Xavier Jimenez-March, Fernando Gaviria, Horacio F. Lazo, Luis Rosales, Gerardo Ochoa, Tania Ángeles, Polo Morin, Bruno Balam, Paula Serrano, Ursula Tania Manzur, Francisco Alberto Rojas Patino, Palmeira Cruz, Maya Mazariegos, Edgar Ramirez Pena, Grociela Patino Salgado, Joaquin Sanchez, Samuel Navarro, Luis Werner, Ignacio Tapia, Pedro Flores Godinez, Ramon Reche, Martin Ocampo Rojas, Rosus Mevia Florencio, Jaime S. Casamata, Juan Antenio Rosales Benitez, Victor Torres Arevalo, Jesus Artro Ortega Antunez, Alejandro Patino Lara, Jorge A. Ortega, Edher Giezi Olivan Trejo, Alejandeo Ualladares Solano, Adalberto Hernandez Abarea, Julio Ruetes, Martin Agala Palacios, Palina Lago Krauss, Terry Hankey (voice)
written by Wendy Elford-Argent, music by Tim Williams
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Natalie (Gwendolyn Garver) and Carsten (Aisan Bristow) are two American
tourists who have come to Mexico in an effort to fix their relationship -
but it seems too little too late as they constantly fight, and one day
Carsten just leaves and doesn't come back. Natalie goes looking for him
around town, but can't find a trace, so she eventually files a missing
persons report at the police - and is in for a shock, as apparently
Carsten's a drug runner in Miguel Jimenez's (Fernando Gaviria) cartel who
has used this trip, like many trips before, to go about some shady
business. Leaving the police station, Natalie's intercepted by Sebastian
(Xavier Jimenez-March), a small fry crook who's also looking for Carsten
for the police, as finding him would clean his slate, and he convinces
Natalie that they would do best working together. And he gives Natalie the
address of Carsten's mistress Cecilia (Tania Ángeles) who might know
about Carsten's wherabouts. When Natalie visits Cecilia though, the two
get into a fight, which culminates in Natalie strangling Cecilia to death.
Still desparate to find Carsten, Sebastian takes care of Cecilia's body
for Natalie - and then a bombshell is dropped when Sebastian learns that
Carsten's body has been found, but he has been dead a lot longer than
since when Natalie claims he was missing. Natalie explains this away with
a mental condition, and Sebastian believes her, but the police might not,
now will Carsten's associates - especially since with Carsten's
disappearance a whole lot of money has gone missing, and everybody will
believe it's with Natalie now -, so whether they want it or not, Natalie
and Sebastian are in the same boat, on the run from the same people. But
does Sebastian know everything about Natalie's true motives?
Fragmented is a very cool thriller that might have been
done on a budget, but it really makes perfect use of its locations, and
while it has outbursts of violence, it's much more driven by narrative
than spectacle, and its clever script with many an unexpected twist
and interesting characters one can care for even if they're fallible
really sees to it that one's glued to the screen from beginning to end.
And of course, solid performances by all involved also help to make this
an entertaining and unusual genre effort.