Fragile: A Ghost Story (V)

As screened at the AFFF:

Here’s another foreign horror film that is destined to be cut down for American cinema. Jaume Balagueró (Darkness, The Nameless) is back again with another ghost story, which MGM will release theatrically this November. What separates this supernatural horror film from others is that this ghost is attacking children, which might be too much for the MPAA.

Colista Flockhart makes her return to theaters as a nurse named Amy. At her new job in a rundown children’s hospital, she desperately tries to keep her patients safe from a plague of random, mysterious attacks. The catch is that this ghost likes to break children’s legs and arms— yikes!

Like all of his previous films ‘Fragile’ is stunning visually and carries a dark and uncomfortable tone. Much like Gore Verbinski’s ‘The Ring’ remake, ‘Fragile’ keeps you on the edge of your seat even when nothing is happening, which I think is pretty important considering how boring much of the film is.

The one thing that surprised me more than anything was Colista Flockhart’s laughable performance, which was on par with Cary Elwes overacting in ‘Saw’. It’s of no surprise she’s vanished from theaters everywhere- everyone else on the other hand was far superior in their efforts.

Even though the target is different (children), this is the same ol song and dance we’ve seen one billion times before. The only thing that makes this even worth a watch are the few freaky attack scenes, one in which the ghost brutalizes a doctor and breaks him apart limb from limb before throwing him out a window. The FX work is great as we see bones sticking out of children’s legs and the final reveal of the ghost is almost worth the wait. But the end is just so cliché its quite disappointing.

Spoilers follow (kind of): So here’s the deal… there’s a ghost haunting a hospital, hurting children on its spare time. But there must be a reason? Amy believes the children when no one else will- but of course some of the doctors know what’s going on and are just turning their backs, which is why they never get hurt. Amy figures out the truth and that’s when the ghost gets real angry and decides it’s time to destroy everyone and everything in its path. Awwww, Amy saves the day and is a hero. Blah blah blah blah and blah. Why does everything have to fit into a f-cking formula? This is as laughable as ‘Final Destination 3’s’ entire plot.

In the end we’ve got yet another great rental on out hands… why this will be released theatrically is beyond me. Balagueró is a talented filmmaker and I really wish he’d start thinking outside the box. Each and every film of his is stylistically brilliant, but lacks in story more than you can imagine. Come on man, you can do better than this already!!

Official Score