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Brake [Blu-ray]  [Region A] [US Import]
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For a low-budget film which spends most of its time concentrating on one man, this is a pretty decent psychodrama. It's tense and rapidly paced, preferring to throw all kinds of hazards at the hero rather than rely on slow-burn suspense. Some of the plot is more than a little preposterous (like, your kidnappers really would give you a CB radio...), and you can't help thinking that sodium pentathol would've been a lot quicker and much less fuss. But if you can shut up your inner sceptic, then the plot turns and central character will hold your attention to the end.
If you've seen 'Buried' -- filmed four or five years ago, and with a similar set-up -- then you'll be familiar with many of the themes which Brake also explores. But while 'Buried' went for claustrophobia and knife-edge tension, Brake is more like an all-out action film. In a small box. Which makes some of the developments a little ... silly in retrospect. Best not to think too much about it afterwards: just enjoy it for a bit of a romp with plenty of puzzles.
Stephen Dorff did a convincing job in this one man thriller and then it happened. The ending. The ending made an improbable but interesting film into a laughter.
4 stars if you don't watch the last 5 minutes.
Parental Guide: F-bombs. No sex or nudity.
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