Delayed until May, Breakdown is a rousing, dramatic and passionate story, one that’s also high on suspense and adrenaline. We reviewed it back in Issue 14, but here’s the gist one more time: “On their way to California, Jeff and Amy Taylor (Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan) break down in the desert. Unable to locate the mechanical problem, Kurt agrees to his wife hitching a ride – with kindly trucker JT Walsh – to a nearby diner so she can call for help. But she doesn’t return. And Jeff is understandably a bit shocked when he eventually locates the trucker: the man denies ever meeting him or his wife before.

“Right from its eye-catching opening titles, Breakdown grabs you and rarely lets go. It punches all the right buttons emotionally, skilfully maintaining a very high level of suspense, never losing its ‘It could happen to you’ feel as the story (akin to The Vanishing) hurtles headlong towards an explosive, dramatically satisfying finale. If nothing else, Breakdown achieves something you’d never thought possible: a truly decent Kurt Russell movie. A rare sight indeed.”

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: May 1st 1998

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    • captainchod

      Nov 10th 2009, 13:04


      Intruiging and tense throughout. And yes Kurt Russell is even good in this!

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