Rupture (2017) Noomi Rapace


2016 ‧ Fantasy/Science fiction film ‧ 1h 43m

Abducted and studied by a group of strangers, a single mother’s (Noomi Rapace) genetic abnormality causes her to transform into her true self.

PLOT: A single mother (Noomi Rapace) and her son are abducted, and she’s forced to endure a series of tests which her captors hope will unlock a secret within her DNA.

Noomi Rapace plays Renee, a divorced single mom who out of the blue one day is kidnapped and kept for experimentation by a cult who believe that putting people into extreme terror situations causes their nervous system to “rupture” and morph into a higher order of being.

Early in the film, feeds from small video cameras show that Renee is under surveillance; a small device clamped on to one of her car’s tires suggests even more sinister goings-on. Sure enough, a blowout sends Renee to the side of the road and also to a rather elaborately staged abduction, during which her face is wrapped in shiny black duct tape.

Why shiny black, you may ask. Indeed. As it eventually becomes clear that Renee ought to be delivered to her captors in good health, the better for them to manipulate it, you’d think that her handling might call for more actual care. But, you know, shiny black duct tape looks cool and threatening. Soon Renee is strapped down, hard, to a metal gurney, which makes a lot of metallic noises as she bangs her body against it. She’s in a room with a triple-deadbolt lock that makes a neat “Bang! Bang! Bang!” clang whenever it’s shut. The lighting of the room is peach-purple and the walls look like rotting meat. The production design is a tired mix of cliché and dink. A couple of seeming functionaries, played by Michael Chiklis and Lesley Manville, show up, don silly rubber goggled with extended lens holders, and phone in some menace. A fellow prisoner gibbers to Renee through a heating vent, mentioning something called “G-ten-twelve-X.” When she repeats the letters and numbers to her captors, one of them says “If you find out what that is then you’ve made real progress.”

Release date: April 28, 2017 (USA)
Director: Steven Shainberg
Screenplay: Steven Shainberg, Brian Nelson
Producers: Steven Shainberg, Andrea Iervolino, Monika Bacardi, Andrew Lazar, Christina Weiss Lurie
Steven Shainberg, Brian Nelson


Noomi Rapace
Peter Stormare
Kerry Bishé
Michael Chiklis
Lesley Manville
Dr. Nyman

Critic reviews

Dreary, derivative and flat-out dopey, this dragged-out torture tale will disappoint even those whose hearts race whenever they see a female character strapped to a bed. Full review

Jeannette Catsoulis
The NYTimes
Despite an intriguing premise, an impossible-to-buy plot contrivance and a deeply unsatisfying ending put paid to this sci-fi psycho-thriller. Full review

Hamish MacBain


Rupture (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: 22% – ‎27 reviews

What sinks the film is Shainberg’s insipid direction. April 26, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review… Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. AV Club. Top Critic. Rupture falls into the very …

‘Rupture’ Review: More Torture Porn From Noomi Rapace | Variety

And now we get “Rupture,” perhaps the sine qua non of the “let’s torture Noomi Rapace” subgenre in which she is tased, kidnapped, tied to a …

Review: ‘Rupture’ Justifies a Fear of Spiders – The New York Times

The disgustingly fat spider that gives Renee (Noomi Rapace) conniptions at the start of Steven Shainberg’s psychohorror movie “Rupture” is …

Rupture Movie Review & Film Summary (2017) | Roger Ebert

Rating: 1.5/4 – ‎Review by Glenn Kenny

Rupture” is Shainberg’s first film from his own original story, although said story contains a lot of familiar elements. Noomi Rapace plays Renee …

Rupture Review –

Rupture Review: Noomi Rapace delivers a solid performance in Rupture, an allegorical, torture-heavy horror movie from Secretary director …

Rupture (2016) – IMDb

Rating: 4.7/10 – ‎1,994 votes

Horror · A single mom tries to break free from a mysterious organization that has abducted her. … ‘Rupture‘ With Noomi Rapace Places A Gripping Hold [Review] 7 hours ago | The Playlist · Film Review: ‘Rupture‘ 28 April 2017 …

Review: ‘Rupture’ May Burst Your Tolerance Limits – Forbes

Rupture feels like a comeback from time-out, for folks who may not necessarily deserve it. Director Steven Shainberg made a name for himself …

Rupture review – silly, nasty torture-porn horror | Film | The Guardian

Rating: 2 – ‎Review by Peter Bradshaw

Rupture review – silly, nasty torture-porn horror. 2 / 5 stars. Director Steven Shainberg fails to replicate the success of Secretary with an …

Rupture (Movie Review) – Horror Movie News | Arrow in the Head

Rating: 6/10 – ‎Review by Eric Walkuski

REVIEW: RUPTURE is a weird film. It’s not exactly good, but it kept me intrigued throughout. That’s mostly due to the central mystery, as the plot …

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