Breakdown (1997)

breakdownDirector: Jonathan Mostow

Writer: Jonathan Mostow, Sam Montgomery (Screenplay) Jonathan Mostow (Story)

Starring: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C Gainey, Jack Noseworthy, Rex Linn

 

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

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Action Thriller

 

Story: Breakdown starts as we watch couple Jeff (Russell) and Amy Taylor (Quinlan) when they encounter car trouble and locals Earl (Gainey). When the car breaks down Amy goes off with a trucker Red Barr (Walsh) for help when Jeff fixes the problem. When Jeff gets to the location suggested his wife isn’t their he starts to panic searching for her but when he finds the truck the driver has no idea who he is.

We follow Jeff as he finds himself going up against Red Barr and his men including Earl as they have kidnapped Amy in what is their plan to commit a robbery against this Jeff but Jeff isn’t willing to go along with the rules.

Breakdown is an action film that does everything it needs to without taking any risks, it is almost the 101 on how to make an action film. The robbery side of the story works without being shown how smoothly it seems to have worked before. The everyday one man trying to get his wife back also works on a cinematic point of view but that one man is Kurt Russell. This doesn’t have enough on the story but for what it is really all we need.

 

Actor Review

 

Kurt Russell: Jeff Taylor is the successful husband travelling cross country when his car breaks down, letting his wife go off with a trucker he finds himself having to locate her. Jeff finds himself in the middle of a battle with thieves who have his wife and want to exchange her for their money. Jeff doesn’t back down and goes on a one-man mission to find his wife. Kurt is a great in the leading action man role which is what we expect from him.jeff

J.T. Walsh: Red Barr is the trucker who helped take Amy to what Jeff thought would be safety. He comes off as the ring leader in the plan staying calm throughout the situation. J.T makes for a good villain without being to menacing.

Kathleen Quinlan: Amy Taylor is the wife of Jeff who goes off with the trucker looking for rescue from the broken down car, she is basically the damsel in distress that we don’t get to see for most of the film. Kathleen really isn’t involved in the story enough as she is just kidnapped off screen.

M.C. Gainey: Earl is one of the men involved in the kidnapping of Jeff’s wife, he is the first one they clash with in a driving incident and always having to chase Jeff down. Earl is your typical second in command for the leader. M.C is good in a role that we know he can play with ease.

Support Cast: Breakdown only has your typical supporting cast which includes fellow criminals and law officers.

Director Review: Jonathan MostowJonathan gives us a enjoyable action thriller.

 

Action: Breakdown as good action sequences that all play into the story well without being over the top.

Crime: Breakdown puts our hero Jeff in the middle of a crime where he is the only one that can stop it.

Mystery: Breakdown makes us wonder what is happening before we learn about the groups plan.

Thriller: Breakdown does keep us on edge from start to finish.

Settings: Breakdown uses the open roads of America for setting showing how easy it would to become caught in the middle of it all.
Special Effects
: Breakdown has good effects with the car chases but that is all it is used for.

Suggestion: Breakdown is one for the action fans to enjoy. (Action Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Final chase.

Worst Part: Over kill.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final chase

 

Believability: The idea is created to show it could happen but we know this is fictional.

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $36 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline: No-one is safe from chance

 

Overall: Thriller ride of an action film

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Fantasy Film Casting 9 – Wolf Creek (Ireland Edition)

Let’s Recast a Film

You know how us film fans always want to recast a film, well today we play the role of producer and this script has turned up on our desk. The next job is to cast the film as if it the year is 2016, the rules are as simple you can’t use anyone who is in the original film however good or bad you think the film is. So without further ado let’s cast this movie.

Film: Wolf Creek (Ireland Edition) this will be the first of a string of recasting location for Wolf Creek to be set it.wolf creek

Original Cast: John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips

New Cast

Mike Taylor – Liam Cunningham mike Liam is one of the most intense actors in the business and could you imagine him terrorising travellers from around the world.

Travellers – Robin McLeavy (Australian) –  Stig Frode Henriksen (Norwegian) – Gigi Ravelli (Dutch) trallers Having this mix we have a full range of travellers which is needed when it comes to dealing with Mike. Each member has worked in horror before with Robin in The Loved Ones, Stig in Dead Snow and Gigi in Kill Zombie!

Location: Ireland ireland I have selected the Irish countryside for this location because we have many of these beautiful locations that people naturally travel too, we also have cliff edges that show just how little space there would be to run.

Will you be going to see this new version of the film?
Who would you rather see in this film?

Upcoming Release – Consumption

Consumption

Bleeds Out New Key Art and Trailer
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New York, NY – WildEye Releasing has released a new trailer and artwork for Brandon Scullion’s debut feature, Consumption.  Since the world premiere on the festival circuit, Consumption has been praised by critics.   Famous Monsters described the feature as “gruesome goulash of ghosts, cults, and good ol’ demons”.  WildEye plans to release Consumption on DVD and Digital HD in July.
A group of friends travel to the snowy Utah mountains for a weekend retreat. One brings with him a dark secret that could destroy their lives forever. As they prepare to face an ancient secret buried in the woods outside their winter resort, an unstoppable evil begins to grow, consuming them one by one.