Fractional opens with psychiatrist John Hackett (Desmond Daly) bound to a chair with duct tape over his mouth. He’s in a darkened room, but there’s just enough light for him to see a table spread of various knifes and surgical tools. Y’know, the usual set up for some torture porn bullshit. Luckily the film is more about the characters and mystery at the heart of the story, rather than gore. The premise is simple and the majority of the movie is just Hackett and his abductor talking to each other. This could easily suck, but the actors are terrific and the mystery is decent enough to keep you engaged for 90 minutes.
So Hackett’s all tied up and starting to panic when in struts David Crowe (Peter O’Toole – not the guy from Phantoms who just died, a different Peter O’Toole). Crowe used to be one of Hackett’s clients and I guess the therapy didn’t take because now he’s a full-blown psycho. He looks kinda like a younger Jigsaw, lanky with short blonde hair. He’s got serious beef with Hackett, but not for the reasons you’d initially think. READ MORE