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VINE VOICEon 12 July 2012
Brake is the story of Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff - Immortals) who wakes up in a Perspex box in the back of a moving car. With only a CB radio and a ticking digital clock in front of him; Jeremy struggles to piece together who might have done this to him. As the minutes tick away, his captors try method after method for extracting the information from him, but will Jeremy succumb? How much is he willing to sacrifice?

Brake is a well filmed affair; naturally drawing comparisons with other claustrophobia-inducing films such as Wrecked & the higher-profile Buried. Initially, the complexity of the Perspex-box set-up makes this film feel very much like one of the Saw franchise; with the timer only reinforcing this feeling. But as the plot is gradually revealed like the unpeeling of an onion, it becomes clear that despite the solo-actor & limited cinematic perspective, the story is a lot larger in scope and deserves a lot of credit for creating a believable premise from a car-boot (literally). The director, Gabe Torres, deserves a lot of credit for keeping this interesting, despite the uninspiring environs. A commendable performance from Stephen Dorff and a bit-part from Tom Berenger add further acting integrity to this.

Where the film falls flat is the TV-soap ending; it could have been finished so much more stylishly but went for the cliché. Totally let-down the preceding 70-minutes of tension and made the entire affair rather laughable, this film would have been much richer if the ending had been left on the cutting-room floor. Worth a watch, but you'll see the end coming a mile off and spend the final 20 or so minutes of the 91 minute bit, willing it not to end predictably, then being disappointed when it does!
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