The best evil doppelganger movie ever, obviously, is "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Take that, combine it with Alex Aja's "Mirrors," then reduce the budget to way less than a million and you are left with "The Broken," a British entry in the 2009 AfterDark Horror Series that fails to deliver enough suspense or terror during its brief running time.
It bears a little similarity another AfterDark Horror Fest title -- "The Deaths of Ian Stone." Also filmed in London, "Deaths" had a much better pace and ultimately delivered the horror goods with its uber-limited budget. "The Broken" ultimately fails to deliver.
Lina Headey, best know to genre fans as Sarah Connor from the "Terminator: The Sarah Conor Chornicles" TV series, plays Gina, a London radiologist who starts having a really bad day when she spots her doppelganger driving down the street. A few moments earlier, we got to see her doppelganger emerge from a broken mirror -- so we know what's going on.
After getting in a car accident, which is presented in the film's best scene -- in ultra slow motion -- she winds up hospitalized with amnesia,and begins to suspect that her family members are being replaced by doppelgangers too. Yes, there's a twist ending, and a pretty good one at that, but one you inevitably see coming. And coming on the heels of Aja's "Mirrors," the originality of a mirror-obsessed horror movie is questionable.
Like some other AfterDark Horrorfest titles, "The Broken" isn't a total misfire, but it's still a misfaire -- professional and engaging enough to be releasable in a very limited capacity as part of a horror collection, but not good enough to warrant a DVD or theatrical release on its own.
The film falls as short on style as it does on substance. Ultimately unsatisfying. Pass.