While Scattered is a straightforward thriller, which gives everything away in the trailer, it is nonetheless entertaining.
|Screenplay By||David Loughery|
|Where To Watch||Video On Demand|
|Genre(s)||Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller|
|Duration||1 Hour 31 Minutes|
With a divorce on the horizon, Chris is a bit lonely in his 3.5-million-dollar house in the mountains. So when Sky [tooltips keyword=”SPOILER” content=”Real name: Margaret”] meets him late one night at a supermarket, he is quite smitten. After all, she is young, attractive, in a bad situation, and flirty. It’s just the pick-up Chris needed, but he didn’t realize Sky is not who she seems, and his shallow attraction will cost him dearly.
Cast & Character Guide
Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list of every cast member.
When we’re introduced to Sky, she presents herself as damaged, in a complicated situation with her roommate, and while she doesn’t ask to be rescued, she knows how to play Chris into offering to do so. And with her talking about being a former model and having the look, he is too easy to play.
A tech kid who sold his security app to Google, Chris is a rich man with a lonely life. For with him dedicating all his time and effort into his company, he became estranged from his wife, and thus she divorced him. This especially takes a toll on Chris since his ex-wife has custody of their daughter, and between being lonely and living alone, this makes him the perfect target.
Sebastian presents himself as Sky’s stepfather but considering [tooltips keyword=”SPOILER” content=”he has sex with her”] that might be part of their ruse.
Other Noteworthy Information
- Reason(s) for Film Rating: Nudity, simulated sex, drinking, cursing, gore, blood, gun violence, and suicide imagery
- There is an Asian character who does what can be seen as an offensive accent in the film. Just an FYI.
- If watching this for John Malkovich, he has a decent amount of screen time. However, [tooltips keyword=”SPOILER” content=”He doesn’t make it until the end since Sky kills him for trying to ruin her mark. This happens around halfway through the movie.”]
If You Like Femme Fatale Thrillers, This Will Scratch Your Itch
Krug plays Jamie in a way that almost has you forget the trailer gives everything away. For as she seduces Chris, you get caught up in her performance as well. And while you know she definitely is a user, there is almost this thought that Chris is different. That, with him being rich, she might try to make it work and stop conning people? Her performance is really that good.
However, then comes the point when she drops the façade and you realize it is go time and she has to make it clear she is crazy and willing to do whatever it takes to steal Chris’ fortune. Which, between drilling into his cast, having Sebastian chop Chris’ finger off, and more? You get everything you expected from people desperate for money and not above torturing someone to get it.
On The Fence
There Is Nothing New Or Inventive Here
While Krug makes for an excellent Femme Fatale, unfortunately, everything else about this film is pretty much run of the mill. In fact, I’d even submit between Krug’s sex scenes with Monaghan and the violence Monaghan’s character experiences, you could say that was meant to compensate for how straightforward the story is.
For, and I really mean this, the trailer gives everything away from Sebastian being part of Sky’s plan, Sky being crazy, and you know how films like this end. Granted, you don’t know how specifically this one does, but how often does the Femme Fatale, especially one like Sky, get away with it?
Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)
Scattered has what you are looking for if you just want to watch a simple thriller, with a convicing villain, and decent violence and sex scenes. But don’t expect twists and turns that will leave your mouth gaping or anyone but Krug trying to take this film to the next level. It’s a serviceable thriller that is made for fans of the genre who just want to be entertained, not those who think any and all films released need to be making the kind of effort to be seen as a classic.
On The Radar
- Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
- Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
- Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
- Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.
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