Simeon Halligan, Stephen Trimingham, Mat Archer
Stephen Walters as Gavin / Vincent
Holly Weston as Sophie
Sacha Dhawan as Sam
Sadie Pickering as Jane
The Splintered conflict between man and monster is impressive, and this film had all the tools necessary to create a top notch horror flick. Still I missed the boat.
Every now and then I stumble upon a flick that seems to have all tools to produce a top notch project, but something; somewhere is lost, and what could have been fails to materialize. Unfortunately that’s the verdict in the case of Simeon Halligan’s fairly original offering,Splintered. This is a film that really should have been a homerun, but sometimes, the ball strays just beyond the foul line.
I’ll give you a very brief rundown of the story, while withholding spoilers as there are a few cool revelations. A girl is tormented by some form of a monster that draws pleasure in human torture…why you ask. Well, why not. Our female lead Sophie makes a crucial mistake when she wanders into the beast’s lair. From there, well let’s just say she doesn’t simply walk out, and her host isn’t necessarily a pleasant fellow. If it sounds cliché, believe me when I assure you that Simeon travels stretches to bring more than expected to the table.
I can’t give you too many more specific details about Splintered, as they’ll spoil a few impacting sequences, but I’ll say this: there are some great ideas at work here that play on some age old folklore while incorporating a few unique concepts. The character development is handled with respect, and although the film moves swiftly, it’s not difficult to accurately perceive key moments of significance, and formulate reliable opinions of the personalities that fill the screen. All in all, it really does feel as though the writing is well handled.
I can’t really discredit the Splintered camera work either. There are a few shots that are absolutely staggering, and a few jolts that lean on an eerie element as much as your typical shock. It’s a nice balance. The cinematography as a whole really is inspired, and it’s accompanied by some sound editing, with a few clever cuts. It’s not technically perfect by any means, but it’s more than serviceable.
I have no qualms with the acting in Splintered, as Holly Weston (Sophie) and Stephen Walters (Gavin / Vincent) both do a fine job of carrying the picture; Particularly Walters, who’s assigned the task of conveying just about every emotion conceivable. From downright bloodthirsty to genuinely sympathetic, this is an untapped talent right here, and I do hope for his sake, he can land some major roles in the future. I’d love to see him work his magic again… especially in a role that requires plenty of physical acting, because he truly is stellar.
The conflict between man and monster, both internally and externally is rather impressive, and we’ve got a legitimately capable crew here who put together an impressive picture for roughly $2 million, and there should be no denying that. With that said however, I just wasn’t remarkably engaged. I wish I could point to some clear specifics, but I just cannot do it. Perhaps it simply comes down to the fact that this was not my… “cup of tea” shall we say. For me, it just didn’t tap the right nerves.
Now, I want to really, really stress something to all who read this review: I do not feel as thoughSplintered is a bad picture. In fact, I think it may very well find a comfortable audience. Because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. There’s enough passion, polish and determination invested in the picture that I’d have to honestly recommend it. I missed the boat: that doesn’t mean you will.