Rupture – Canada/USA, 2016


Rupture is a 2016 American-Canadian science fiction thriller film directed by Steven Shainberg from a screenplay co-written with Brian Nelson (Hard Candy).

Main cast:

Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, Kerri Bishé, Ari Millen, Lesley Manville, Percy Hynes White, Morgan Kelly, Sergio Di Zio, Paul Popowich, Joel Labelle, Jonathan Potts, Jean Yoon, Brendan Jeffers.



Renee Morgan (Rapace), a single mom who lives with her twelve-year-old son Evan in a quiet suburban home, is terrified of spiders. Unbeknownst to both, their every move is being observed.


While running her daily errands her car breaks down and she is violently kidnapped by a group of strangers. About 24 hours later, in an anonymous laboratory, she is tied up and questioned about her medical history, including her great fear of spiders.

Soon, her captors explain to her that her genetic abnormality can potentially allow her to “Rupture”, revealing her own true alien nature…

The film is released on DVD on May 30, 2017, by Lions Gate.



“Noomi Rapace leads a cast with enough familiar names to attract attention; though this turns out to be more of a one-woman show than a roster boasting Michael Chiklis, Peter Stormare and Lesley Manville would suggest, the action suffices to entertain viewers who can get past a couple of oh-come-on-now plot contrivances.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s not involving; it’s not scary; it’s just kind of miserable. When the ultimate purpose of Renee’s ordeal comes to light—I don’t think it’s a spoiler to comment that it’s like a self-empowerment seminar scripted by M. Night Shyamalan—the compensation for the aforementioned misery seems scant indeed.” Glenn Kenny, 


“Rapace tries a little too hard to seem ‘normal’ at the outset, though the film is predicated on Renee not being as ordinary as she seems so that’s perhaps appropriate – but a few of the plot twists are so telegraphed it’s hard to believe the heroine is fooled by them (the apparent lack of surveillance in the high-tech prison/scientific complex, for instance, should be a dead giveaway)…” The Kim Newman Web Site


” …it must be said that as the film’s mysteries are unraveled and Rupture‘s true thesis is spoken aloud, it’s pretty elementary, especially in light of the seductive inscrutability that precedes it. But that somewhat unsatisfying resolution does not retract from the perfect pressure of the film, riveting and dreadful, at times too tense to be borne.” Meredith Borders, Birth. Movies. Death.

“As Renee’s world is forced into ever smaller spaces, so too does the camera, which becomes lubricated with sweat and blood to allow for the squeeze.  Some of this careful work is undermined by a few moments of picture-breaking CGI, which took me out of the movie hard enough to think about the wrong question, “was there a simpler, better way to show a certain key image?” Kurt Halfyard, Screen Anarchy


“Rapace, accent aside, does a good job of holding things together. There’s a swirl of mysterious ideas, metaphors and possibilities whirring around without Rupture ever settling on one driving focus. Rupture is an odd, yet entertaining, thriller which marries mystery and horror tropes to keep you guessing long after the credits have rolled.” Rob Aldam, Backstreet Mafia

“Disappointingly the ‘big’ reveal, though different, is not unexpected. Our story also continues on longer than strictly necessary. There’s a great opportunity for the action to stop, but we continue on for another couple of scenes which fell unneeded and only serve to weigh down the run-time.” Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

Filming locations:

Toronto Zoo, Ontario, Canada



Categories: 2016, science fiction, spider

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6 replies

  1. This is a film for the sickest of humanity. Any person connected with this should be arrested. A half hour into this movie made understand what a debased world is. I could call this anything but criminal.


  2. Gr8 movie , very suspenseful…I enjoyed the humanization at the beginning that so many movies of this caliber lack…and though I never like to see him the Villain (thought truly arguable that he is depending on whose side one is on) Chikles did a great job…gives one pause to the next evolutionary step…me, I am u for it…no love lost here…

    toss out this Blochy review cause it is NOT Mondozillaous…


  3. Not following the review at all. It’s funny when people see the movie all the way through, they can critique the writing as something a normal person would have figured out.


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