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Overall Rating
3.76

Awesome: 28%
Worth A Look: 28%
Average38%
Pretty Bad: 4%
Total Crap: 2%

2 reviews, 38 user ratings


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Breakdown
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by Chris Parry

"A rollercoaster ride. 'Enjoying it. Now not. Now am. Now not.'"
3 stars

Kurt Russell is a big pussy. So how come he can pull of the 'hard ass bitch' role so well? I mean, the guy wears mascara, yet he can still manage to pull of roles like Snake Plisken from the Escape From... series, and in Breakdown he bounces between formidable force and yuppie scum.

But that might be a sign of the general malaise Breakdown suffers, where it seems unable to find the right pigoenhole to slot itself. It starts off mighty fine, with Russell breaking down by the side of the road, having his wife hop aboard a big rig to get a ride into town for help, and her disappearing without trace. Locals act like they have something to hide and Russky is getting a little frantic. Tres spooky.

When he bumps into the same trucker who gave his wife a lift earlier, he tries to convince the cops his wife has been kidnapped, but the plods ain't hearing it. Is everyone in on this? Is this all a huge conspiracy?

Well, you'd hope. That would gear things up nicely for a big kick ass thriller. Sadly, that possibility never really arises and the interest level drops as things become a 'man against the odds' formula action flick. Big climax, please throw your candy wrappers in the trash as you leave.

High points - Kathleen Quinlain in jeans, a 'take that' ending and JT Walsh doing what he did best as the head honcho bad guy. Low points - the easy options that the director took throughout to keep things sanitised. This should have been one nastay story, but in the end it's just your average 'gimme back my wife' fare.

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User Comments

6/13/18 Anne Boring 2 stars
9/14/17 morris campbell tense 4 a while but loses it way 3 stars
9/12/17 danR Good overall, a bit cliched toward the end. Gripping synergistic score. 4 stars
2/04/12 hurdygurdy man A little 'out there' but will keep you watchin... 4 stars
5/04/10 PAUL SHORTT SLICK, TENSE AND ENJOYABLE 4 stars
11/16/09 art A NERVE-WRACKING THRILLER! 3 stars
10/11/09 Jeff Wilder Entertaining Thriller 4 stars
4/06/09 action movie fan exciting and hitchcockian extortion thriller very good 5 stars
12/20/06 R.W.Welch Intriguing early on, but later goes formulaic. 3 stars
9/04/06 Ric Great, exciting thriller. Kurt Russell's terrific as usual. 5 stars
2/06/06 ALBERT GREAT J.T. WALSH. 4 stars
9/18/05 Clubber Lang Way better than it should be. The setup is a tad unbelievable, but I've seen worse. 4 stars
8/13/05 ES JT plays a right miserable prick in all his riles, gotta respect that, RIP big guy 4 stars
6/18/05 Indrid Cold A forgetten, underrated thriller. Basically a flawless example of the genre. 5 stars
7/07/04 The Talking Elbow A disturbingly realistic set of bad guys really makes this scary. 5 stars
6/20/04 Spiderfan50 Potentially the best thriller I've ever seen. Makes my top 20 easily!!! 5 stars
5/05/04 J.Peckerfoot I am a big kurt russell fan,his performance and story were good, just not my kinda flick. 4 stars
12/08/03 john Kurt Russel is phenomenal! a great thriller! 5 stars
11/15/03 Spiderfan729 Awesome thriller. Almost everyone else hated it but it is edge of your seat awesomeness! 5 stars
9/09/03 Jin Best road film ever. 5 stars
1/01/03 Jack Sommersby Unfathomably stupid. Dull and unthrilling, though Russell is, again, solid. 1 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Does well until derivative finale 3 stars
12/21/01 Shams Huque Super! 5 stars
8/29/01 Gary An excellent crap film. 3 stars
8/29/01 Sarah A guy would prefer the safety of his car then his wife, ok then 4 stars
6/10/01 Ant Great beginning and terrific finale save this film 4 stars
5/24/01 Erik North A highly underrated thriller 5 stars
3/02/01 lisa love that dopey bastard billy!!!!!!!!!!! what a hottie 4 stars
2/14/01 Jake wow, what a ride. 5 stars
12/04/00 Cristopher Revilla great road action flick, it worked out 5 stars
11/28/00 Jeff best movie of 1997! 5 stars
7/16/00 Bender Very exciting. Just don't think about it too much. 4 stars
6/06/99 Matthew Bartley A very goog thriller. Nothing more, nothing less 4 stars
4/19/99 jimmy jam Keep your car in shape folks. Suspensful flick 5 stars
8/29/98 Johny Fine, nothing great. 3 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball I hate Kurt Russell. I can't help it. I just do. 2 stars
8/23/98 Mister Whoopee JT Walsh is a hottie. No wait. That has to be wrong. 3 stars
8/17/98 {{{OZ}}} Kathleen Quinlan is a hottie. No, she is. Kurt Russell isn't. Good film. 4 stars
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