Rupture was only ever billed with a brief premise that it centres around single mother Renee (Noomi Rapace) who’s abducted by a strange organisation and has to try and escape. But why? And who would be mad enough to kidnap someone in broad daylight?
It’s one of those films that’s also best to watch without knowing too much else about it, so I’ll try not to, yet at the same time, you need an idea of whether it’s the sort of film you want to watch.
A lot of the ‘action’ takes place in an experiment lab which looks like a super-impossible Crystal Maze game to escape from, and the overall facility makes Half Life‘s Black Mesa (after all hell broke loose) look like a holiday camp, with a number of rooms bathed in just two main, striking colours, rather like 1986’s Vamp starring Grace Jones and Dedee Pfeiffer. One room even has wallpaper just like the carpet from The Shining‘s Overlook Hotel. There’s also spiders, flickering lights, CCTV and on arrival, a man tells her, “They need us” and “G-10-12-X. Remember that”.
Yes, it’s a bit silly, but it maintains your intrigue. It’s also of those weird films that don’t always make a heap of sense, but if you allow yourself to just go with it, it can be very enjoyable. Such an oddity needs a strong lead, and we have that in Noomi, who has clearly been working out and loosk fantastic, and portrays a character who’s very resourceful. Peter Stormare is always freaky, so he’s right at home, here, and there’s great support from Michael Chiklis, Kerry Bishé and Lesley Manville, who I really didn’t expect to see in this, but she plays her part beautifully.
The ending (which I won’t reveal) was a bit of a disappointment as I was expecting things to go a different way, but then again I can also see why they did it. Perhaps a follow-up is planned?
In trying to be vague, I’ll leave you with one line of dialogue which mentions the title: “Every time I touch her, it feels right. I just know she’s going to rupture…”
The film is presented in the original 2.35:1 widescreen theatrical ratio and is in 1080p high definition, and is a cracking picture as you’d expect for a modern film, with no issues whatsoever, as Renee deals with the perils of being in the facility.
The sound is in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Periodically, the speakers fill loudly with quite a number of split-surround shock moments, but often, it’s getting across perfectly the terror of being in such a weird place with all sorts of things going on around Noomi, which she can hear but not see. The aural experience is very satisfying.
The check disc I received didn’t contain any extras, but I understand from the press release that this is also the case for the finished version. Mine also didn’t have subtitles or chapters, so I can’t comment on those, either.
Running time: 102 minutes
Studio: Signature Entertainment
Released: January 9th 2017
Picture: 1080p High Definition
Sound: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Format: 2.35:1 (3.2K Pro Res 4444, Anamorphic Cooke 5i lenses)
Disc Format: BD25
Director: Steven Shainberg
Producers: Monika Bacardi, Andrea Iervolino, Andrew Lazar, Steven Shainberg and Christina Weiss Lurie
Screenplay: Brian Nelson and Steven Shainberg
Music: Karim Hussain
Renee: Noomi Rapace
Terrence: Peter Stormare
Dianne: Kerry Bishé
Bald Man: Michael Chiklis
Dr. Nyman: Lesley Manville
Van Driver: Sergio Di Zio
Cliff: Paul Popowich
Dr. Raxlen: Ari Millen
Evan: Percy Hynes White
Colette: Jean Yoon
Tommy: Morgan Kelly
Captive Man: Joel Labelle
Blake: Jonathan Potts
Seth: Brendan Jeffers
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