|Starring:||M.C. Gainey, Kurt Russell, Jack Noseworthy, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Horror Films|
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Jun 2003|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Simple but funBy David from Cambridge, England , 14 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]I didn't really know what this was when i went to see it, just happened to catch it at the cinema, but i'm really glad i did. It's basically about this guy who's car breaks down in the desert while he's travelling with his wife. A trucker stops and gives her a lift, but never comes back, and later Kurt Russel gets his car started and finds the trucker, but the trucker denies any knowledge of ever having met him, or his wife. The build-up is really gradual, with only a few hints of hostility and weirdness which add to the mystery of what happens later. Kurt Russel is really good - it's not his usual brawny role, on the contrary, he comes across as quite an ineffectual and weedy city type, dressed in chinos and polo shirts while cruising in his Air conditiond SUV. It's a testament to him that he never lets the character become a latter-day action man, instead he's just a regular guy frantically trying to find his wife in the face of increasing threat and danger. While the 'mystery' proves to be pretty straightforward, and a little unlikely, it still manages to create a few scenes which are quite upsetting, but it's in the final act that the film comes alive. It manages to produce some incredible and thrilling action, with lots of tension, but without big effects or outlandish set-pieces. The director just keeps piling on the pressure until a nail-biting finale. It's not your typical blockbuster, but is all the better for it - an above average, intelligent thriller which doesn't disappoint.
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Great FilmBy a customer from Bristol , 28 Feb 2006Excellent movie - very good - kurt russells in it - so always good bet.
Silly, but very entertainingBy Chris Rogers from Rugby, England , 11 Feb 2006Breakdown is a hugely entertaining film. It might not be especially clever, and it doesn't really deliver after the brilliant opening, but it is gripping throughout. The first 30 minutes show some great potential: Kurt Russell and wife break down in the middle of nowhere. When friendly trucker Red comes to the rescue they think their luck is too good to be true. And, unfortunately, it is. Red proceeds to drive away with Kurt's wife and doesn't show up at the meeting place. The potential of the early plot is somewhat wasted when you realise the film isn't nearly as clever as it first appears. Then why four stars? Because it does manage to be very entertaining throughout, even in its dumbest parts. If it's an engaging action thriller you're after, you could do a lot worse.
EnjoyableBy a customer from Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, England , 06 Dec 2005Enjoyable movie, easy to follow and full of suspense. Thumbs up for Kurt Russell.
Full of suspenseBy a customer from Sheering, Essex , 25 Oct 2005Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Good for 45 minsBy Mark Salmon from england , 29 Sep 2005Very good for the first part of the film but turned into an obvious plot towards the end.