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Brake (2012)



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Movie Info

Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) is about to have a very bad day. He wakes up trapped in the dark, cramped trunk of a moving car with no recollection of how or why he's there. The only light comes from the blood-red digital numbers ticking away above his head that signify one thing..he's running out of time. As the captors reveal themselves and their motives while torturing their hostage mentally and physically, Jeremy realizes he is a pawn in their potentially catastrophic plot. He will not be set free until he gives up information about the President he's been trained not to reveal. -- (C) IFCmore
Rating: R (for mental torture/terror, and language throughout)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Timothy Mannion
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 24, 2012
Box Office: $4.3k
IFC Films - Official Site


Stephen Dorff
as Jeremy Reins
Chyler Leigh
as Molly Reins
JR Bourne
as Henry Shaw
Tom Berenger
as Ben Reynolds
Kali Rocha
as 911 Operator
King Orba
as Good Samaritan
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Driver/Boss Terroris...
Kent Shocknek
as News Anchor Jack Ste...
Jaylen Moore
as Training Agent Ahmad...
Stephen Bridgewater
as Training Agent McCla...
Matthew Pollino
as Training Agent Dipeg...
Jason Rafael
as Paramedic
as Good Samaritan's Dog
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Critic Reviews for Brake

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (11)

The whole claustrophobic one-man show feels like we've been here before, and with better material.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

There are plenty of gripping moments, as well as a few silly ones - bees get involved at one point, presumably to please Wicker Man fans. And the ride as a whole is at the very least exciting to take part in.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Top Critic

Talk about being boxed in: This thriller is half-"24," half-"Buried" and, despite a few twists, unable to move anywhere.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Brake may not be the kind of film that Dorff's thesp character in Sofia Coppola's Somewhere is pining for, but the actor fully commits to the arduous demands of the part.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Top Critic

Dorff and Torres make a lot out of very little, always keeping the audience aware of the larger world outside the small, dark space in which they've trapped us.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

It is amazing how much hair-raising action and fluid movement this film captures in the confined interior of a car trunk, or how many mood shifts Mr. Dorff conveys in a performance that can only be called multi-dimensional.

Full Review… | March 21, 2012
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brake


An intense and terrifying thrill-ride that will leave you breathless. It's a vastly original and gripping movie that is more thrilling than Buried and more shocking that Phone Booth. A surprisingly well-crafted and tremendously performed film. It's an exciting and nail-biting edge of your seat thriller. A terrifically entertaining and sensational movie that's filled with sizzling suspense and a double-twist ending you got to see to believe. Director, Gabe Torres knows how to build up the tension and grab you in its most gripping moments. It has you going right to it's heart-pounding and mind-blowing finish. Stephen Dorff is a tour de force, he gives his best and most compelling performance yet. This and Officer Down really showed me that he still has what it takes to be a star.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Horrible horrible twist..... One of the most foul mouthed movies I've seen, most of the elements in the plot did not make any sense, acting was only OK, and honestly, who on earth would have this kinda of intense training where they physically hurt you??? No sense has been made, I would interrogate the prisoner, not put him inside a box.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


this one man show of Stephen Dorff in a glass box for bout most of the film get kinda old fast even with the attempts of cell phones,CB radios, am radio, other outside and the scares to keep your intrested

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