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Brake (2012)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

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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


Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Timothy Mannion

Jul 24, 2012


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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (14) | DVD (2)

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

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Talk about being boxed in: This thriller is half-"24," half-"Buried" and, despite a few twists, unable to move anywhere.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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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.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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While the film is suspenseful for awhile, it ultimately becomes a let down because of a stretched out story and an absurd ending.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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Most of it is a decent film despite it being stretched out, but most of it being good just doesn't cut it.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's a clever B-movie that has a number of fun twists up its sleeve.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

...a second-rate carbon-copy of Rodrigo CortÚs' vastly superior Buried.

July 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Over 95% of "Brake" takes place in the trunk of a car. But, despite the confines or perhaps because of them, it's a decent enough thriller.

May 6, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

In a movie like this, almost everything depends on the lead actor -- and Stephen Dorff does not disappoint. He turns in a splended 'confined' performance here.

April 14, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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There are simply too many manipulative gimmicks to generate any emotional investment in the outcome.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

Dorff is stellar and the film builds some tension but a bit too much required suspension of disbelief, some plot holes, weak dialogue, and two increasingly silly twist endings ultimately sink the piece.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

an idea for a short extended far beyond its creative shelf life

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

Works as a budget suspense experience, reaching enough boiling points to entertain, but not enough to block out the ridiculous ending.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source:

If we're never drawn in far enough to wonder what we might do in a Plexiglass box at the end of the world, Dorff can sell stock action-hero lines with enough moody grit to hold our attention.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline

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.
February 28, 2013

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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.
June 13, 2012
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    1. Jeremy Reins: Yeah! Open it buddy!
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    1. Jeremy Reins: Stop this please!
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