Breakdown

1997, Mystery & thriller, 1h 33m

52 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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A brainy and suspenseful -- if somewhat uneven -- thriller. Read critic reviews

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On their cross-country drive, a married couple, Jeff (Kurt Russell) and Amy Taylor (Kathleen Quinlan), experience car trouble after an accident. Stranded in the New Mexico desert, the two catch a break when a passing truck driver, Red Barr (J.T. Walsh), offers to drive Amy to a nearby café to call for help. Meanwhile, Jeff is able to fix the car and make his way to the café, only to find his wife missing and Barr claiming ignorance. Jeff then begins a frenzied search for Amy.

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  • Mar 20, 2014
    Not bad. I wish that the writers had kept up the delusion for awhile though. All evidence of Russell's wife's disappearance is gone, and the film starts to take the path of a psychological thriller, implying at times that Russell's character is going crazy. But the film abandons this too quickly, showing just how sinister some of the supporting characters really are. It would've been so much cooler if they had kept that psychological aspect of the film going for awhile. Considering that this film is barely 90 minutes, the writers could've totally done that too.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2013
    I've always felt that Kurt Russell is a good actor, and "Breakdown" features one of his best performances. The film itself is a little predictable and more could have been done with its concept, and some of it is so implausible that believability just goes right out the window, but in the end, it's great entertainment. When it comes to these kinds of films, that's what matters the most.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2013
    It's not exceptionally deep or meaningful, but Breakdown has near-constant suspense and a spectacular final sequence, making it a very fun and exciting action thriller.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2012
    Breakdown is an action thriller that runs out of steam pretty fast and is fairly predictable. The story follows the struggle of a man to save his wife, who's been abducted and held for ransom. Kurt Russell leads the cast and gives a strong performance; however the supporting cast doesn't keep up with him. And although the film is full of suspense and thrillers, but the story isn't paced very well and keeps losing momentum. So while Breakdown has some riveting action and a solid story, it's poorly executed and lack originality.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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