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Breaking Point (2009)



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Steven Luisi, a once prominent criminal defense attorney, is attempting to come back to the profession after a struggle with drug addiction and a family tragedy. Steven stumbles into a complex, high profile murder case, which will eventually lead him down a path that brings him face to face with his own demons. While trying to solve the case Steven teams up with an ex-athlete turned gang member, Richard "Beanz" Allen. With Allen's help, Steven discovers that there are deep connections between a corrupt police department and a vicious Gang leader called Bowen who's Steven's old drug dealer.

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Tom Berenger
as Steven Luisi
Busta Rhymes
as Al Bowen
Armand Assante
as Marty Berlin
Musetta Vander
as Celia Hernandez
Frankie Faison
as Judge Green
Robert Capelli Jr.
as Detective Howard
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Critic Reviews for Breaking Point

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (8)

Overwrought indie crime drama.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Overplotted and underwhelming.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Top Critic

From its generic title to its overly familiar plot line to its B-list cast, Breaking Point has the feel of a late-night entry on Cinemax, which no doubt will be its fate sooner rather than later.

December 4, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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Both visually and emotionally ugly from start to finish, this empty crime thriller doesn't have a moment that's genuinely worth watching.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
New York Daily News
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After a particularly brutal, attention-grabbing start, Breaking Point quickly devolves into a flavorless stew of murder, corruption, blackmail and baby tossing.

December 4, 2009
New York Times
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There isn't any cliché that writer Vincent Campanella and director Jeff Celentano don't treat with stoic reverence.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Breaking Point


Pretty decent courtroom/crime drama with two underrated stoic actors....Tom Berenger and Armand Assante, both of whom give nice performances in their respective roles as the obvious goodie and baddie, I don't think I need to say who was who. This kind of plot and film has been done many times before and allot better than this but this is still a good film for what its worth and does give you some nice dramatic moments of emotion with tense strong scenes of violence. The film looks good and its directed well with a real sense of purpose and care with its creation, the characters are abit cliched and boring and it is kinda predictable but its still entertaining thanks to the cast doing well. Along the same lines as 'Brooklyn's Finest' in terms of looks and scope with plenty of corruption, deceit and double cross but not quite as good as the said film, worth a look if you like abit of courtroom n gangster jazz :)

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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This was a film I could have done without. With the disturbing violence and unoriginal story, you are left with a numbing cessation at the very end. Tom Berenger has not had a hit carrier since The Big Chill (1983) and Major League (1989). This is a film that does not look too well on his resume. Armand Assante, also a well known actor, does not give out his best performance in this picture.

Sean Read
Sean Read

I'm tired of the blue tint movies. Having said that lets move on. A very conniving and bleak film all the way until the end which wrapped up very tidily... a bit more neatly then I liked. It was hard to like all but two of the characters and they were not the main ones. It was definitely worth a look, but it is a renter not a buyer.

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