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Breakdown

Breakdown

What She said:

She

If there’s one thing we’ve all learned from the movies it’s to steer clear of backwoods peeps from the Mid- or Southwest.  Unfortunately, Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan haven’t seen enough horror movies to know that.  Russell and Quinlan play Jeff and Amy Taylor, on a cross country trek from Boston to California to start a new life in a new state.  Unfortunately, they encounter some car troubles (figures since they’ve got a Jeep) and end up trapped in a nightmare as they’re terrorized by the locals. 

The locals put on a persona like they’re all dumb, but it appears to be a front.  They’re much more conniving, and Russell/Quinlan are clearly not their first victims.  The film is a decent thriller, although the plot is pretty transparent to the viewer.  There’s a good amount of intrigue and you’ll share Russell’s frustration as he tries to reclaim his abducted wife.  At 90 minutes, it’s just the right length, and there’s a fair amount of action to satisfy your more intense side.  I enjoyed the moment where Russell whips out his circa 1997 cell phone.  The thing is roughly the size of a 2 liter bottle of Coke.  Hard to remember those days.  But anyway, Breakdown is an enjoyable action/thriller with fun characters and Kurt Russell at his best.  He’s so good at playing the everyday man put to the test.  The film is not as cool as The Thing, but passable none-the-less.

Thumbs up.

What he said:

He

I like Kurt Russell. I always have. He has this quality about him that makes him very believable. Whether he’s playing a bad-ass like Snake Plissken or Jack Burton, or an every day guy put into an extreme situation like in Breakdown or Unlawful Entry, I always find myself really buying into his performance. He’s very versatile and very genuine.

Did you know that he actually tried out for the part of Han Solo? How cool is that?

Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan play a couple who have fallen on hard times. As a result, they have packed up their bag and hope to start fresh in California. Being from Boston, the trip takes them right through the middle of the country and you know what that means when it comes to the movies; creepy locals!  

Next thing you know, they are up to their eyeballs in trouble.

Every good action movie needs a good bad guy. You can have the best action hero of all time, but without an equal match you are lost. Luckily this movie has several well-known character actors who fill a variety of such type of roles. Leading the way is J.T. Walsh, whose name you may not recognize, but once you see his face you will instantly remember this character actor’s familiar face.

If you’re really good, you’ll be able to pick out the LOST alum in this movie as well.

If you like this, I also recommend Unlawful Entry.

Verdict: Thumbs up.