BREAKDOWN (1997)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of The Internet Movie Database]:

A man searches for his missing wife after his
car breaks down in the middle of the desert.






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"['Breakdown'] is definitely one of the most realistic motion
pictures ever released. .... The acting is top-notch
here as well. They don't seem to be actors at all.
J.T. Walsh is especially effective as the film's #1 villain."

-- David Von Pein; August 2001







"A new American director once made his mark with a tight, sinister action film about a cryptic road battle through the American West. That was Steven Spielberg's 'Duel', and while there may not be extraterrestrials or rampaging dinosaurs in Jonathan Mostow's future, Mr. Mostow certainly gives his first theatrical feature some of that 'Duel' power. His 'Breakdown' is a tough, vigorous exercise in pure action, shot with throwback expertise and, most refreshingly, without special effects. .... 'Breakdown' is so plain and blunt that much of it is almost nonverbal, like a spectacular action sequence that follows the Jeep into a raging stream. (Some of the film's stunt work is dazzling.) .... Mr. Mostow knows his Hitchcock as well as his Spielberg, and his ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances follows a classic path into the heart of an elaborate conspiracy. During one scene in a desert bar, the film powerfully captures Jeff's realization that he has stepped permanently out of the familiar and into parts unknown."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; May 2, 1997







"Breakdown is taut, skillful and surgically effective. .... For most of
its length, 'Breakdown' functions so efficiently that we put logic on
hold and go with the action. [Kurt] Russell makes a convincing,
dogged, weary Everyman, and the J.T. Walsh character is
given some shades that are interesting."

-- Roger Ebert; May 2, 1997







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