History Film / Breakdown

1st Nov '16 7:02:11 PM Prfnoff
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Breakdown is a 1997 thriller, written and directed by Creator/JonathanMostow. The main stars were Creator/KurtRussell and Creator/KathleenQuinlan.

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Breakdown ''Breakdown'' is a 1997 thriller, written and directed by Creator/JonathanMostow. The main stars were Creator/KurtRussell and Creator/KathleenQuinlan.
5th Sep '16 10:03:25 AM libertydude
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* HateSink: Earl is almost assuredly this for the film. Not only does he set the whole plot in motion by [[spoiler: sabotaging Jeff and Amy's car]], but he proceeds to be one of biggest [[JerkAss Jerkasses]] in cinematic history. From routinely insulting Jeff to [[EvilGloating gloating about how he's going to kill Jeff and his wife]], there's never a moment where he comes off as an enjoyable person. It makes it all the more satisfying when [[spoiler: the sheriff shoots him dead]].


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* JerkAss: Earl, ''in spades''. Pretty much every chance he has to KickTheDog, he takes. From hassling Jeff at the gas station to his gloating about the gang's EvilPlan, he has to be one of the most unpleasant characters ever put on cinema.
6th Jul '16 7:16:33 PM Ingonyama
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* ChekhovsGun: [[ItMakesSenseInContext The doughnut package]].
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Enforced. Jeff [[spoiler:steals a letter opener from the bank, probably to use as a weapon, but it comes in handy when he is tied up]].



* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Enforced. Jeff [[spoiler:steals a letter opener from the bank, probably to use as a weapon, but it comes in handy when he is tied up]].

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* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Enforced. CorruptHick: Subverted. At first Jeff [[spoiler:steals a letter opener from ''thinks'' the bank, probably local police and sheriff are like this through a combination of their quite justified skepticism of [[YouHaveToBelieveMe his story]] and only going through the motions in helping him, and further aided by Jeff's paranoia (which was in fact [[GenreSavvy counted on and planted by the villains]]). But it turns out they really have nothing to use do with the plot, and as a weapon, but it comes in handy when soon as one of the cops becomes aware there really is something strange going on, [[HopeSpot he takes action to investigate]]. Unfortunately this leads to him getting shot by Earl, so that Jeff is tied up]].on his own again.



* EvilGLoating: Earl, after he has [[spoiler:taken Jeff's money, and has him tied up in his car. His gloating lets Jeff know why they were targeted, and that the kidnappers intend to kill them anyway.]]

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* EvilGLoating: EvilGloating: Earl, after he has [[spoiler:taken Jeff's money, and has him tied up in his car. His gloating lets Jeff know why they were targeted, and that the kidnappers intend to kill them anyway.]]


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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Because the villains' plan involves doing everything they can both to keep the authorities from being clued in and make Jeff paranoid to trust anyone, the first half of the movie plays out like a psychological thriller, with Jeff not even sure if he can trust his own mind since everyone he meets either has no idea what's going on or outright claims they never met him and his wife/don't even know she exists. However, once the villains move beyond kidnapping into the ransom phase and reveal their true colors, this {{Gaslighting}} is quickly dispensed with in favor of regular suspense and action.
31st May '16 8:02:16 PM libertydude
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* BitchInSheepClothing: Red when he first appears as the "friendly trucker".

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* BitchInSheepClothing: BitchInSheepsClothing: Red when he first appears as the "friendly trucker".
28th Apr '16 12:45:44 AM shibata33
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Newlywed couple Jeff and Amy Taylor are driving their way across the United States to their new home: California. The first sign of trouble is barely-avoided collision with a truck. Followed by meeting its rather irritable driver Earl (Creator/MCGainey) at the nearest gas station. Not long after leaving said station, their vehicle breaks down in the middle of the desert. Warren "Red" Barr (J. T. Walsh), a trucker, stops by, offering to transport Amy to the closest diner. From where she can hopefully call for proper help.

Jeff soon finds out that their vehicle had a very specific problem, disconnected wires. Someone had arranged their "accident". Locating Red doesn't provide much help. He claims not remembering either Taylor. Local simpleton Billy (Jack Noseworthy) tells a contradictory tale. Jeff soon finds out Amy is abducted and more than one person blackmails him for money.

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Newlywed couple Jeff and Amy Taylor and his wife Amy are driving their way across the United States cross-country from Boston to their new home: California. San Diego. The first sign of trouble is a barely-avoided collision with a truck. Followed by meeting its rather irritable driver Earl (Creator/MCGainey) at the nearest gas station. Not long after leaving said the station, their vehicle breaks down in the middle of the desert. down. A trucker named Warren "Red" Barr (J. T. Walsh), a trucker, stops by, offering by and offers to transport take Amy to the closest diner. From a nearby diner, from where she can hopefully call for proper help.

help. Jeff soon finds out that their vehicle had a very specific problem, disconnected wires. Someone had arranged their "accident". Locating Red doesn't provide much help. He claims not remembering either Taylor. Local simpleton Billy (Jack Noseworthy) tells a contradictory tale. Jeff soon finds out At the diner, however, Amy is abducted and more than one person blackmails him for money.
nowhere to be seen. The rest of the movie follows Jeff as he struggles to find his wife.



* BitchInSheepClothing: Red when he first appears as the "friendly trucker".
* BoundAndGagged: Amy, when she is unloaded at "The Barn."



* DamselInDistress: Amy for most of the film.

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* CoolCar: Jeff's brand new car. It also [[spoiler:makes him look like a wealthy target to the kidnappers.]]
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: Enforced. Jeff [[spoiler:steals a letter opener from the bank, probably to use as a weapon, but it comes in handy when he is tied up]].
* DamselInDistress: Amy for most of the film.



* EvilGLoating: Earl, after he has [[spoiler:taken Jeff's money, and has him tied up in his car. His gloating lets Jeff know why they were targeted, and that the kidnappers intend to kill them anyway.]]
* GuileHero: Amy, who [[spoiler: avoids getting killed by telling the kidnappers Jeff has a lot of money.]] Jeff also [[spoiler:manages to keep up the charade long enough to locate Amy.]]



** For a twofer, Red tried to use a length of [[ChainPain chain]] as a weapon to gain an edge on Jeff. This ultimately backfires on Red, when Jeff grabs the chain, and pulls Red over the edge of the bridge.

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** For a twofer, Earlier, Red tried to use a length of [[ChainPain chain]] as a weapon to gain an edge on Jeff. This ultimately backfires on Red, him, when Jeff grabs the chain, chain and pulls Red over the edge of the bridge.him down.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Billy pretends to have an intellectual disability the first time Jeff meets him.
* OhCrap: In Red's kitchen, Jeff thinks he's got Red, Billy, and Al right where he wants them...then Red's son comes in pointing a shotgun at him.

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* NervesOfSteel: Red Barr. He never cracks. Ever. Not when Jeff holds his family at gunpoint, not when he is completely at Jeff's mercy.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Billy pretends to have an intellectual disability feigns mental impairment the first time Jeff meets him.
* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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In Red's kitchen, [[spoiler:kitchen, Jeff thinks he's got Red, Billy, and Al right where he wants them...then Red's son comes in pointing a shotgun at him.]]
** Earl, [[spoiler:when he realizes the stacks of money are simply 1-dollar bills sandwiches by two 100-dollar bills]]



* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Averted. Jeff and Amy's car breaking down sets the plot in motion, but we find out later that the breakdown happened for a very good reason: the motor was sabotaged.
* ProtectedByAChild: When Jeff walks into the farmhouse kitchen with a pistol and orders Red to hand over the key to the barn, Red's young son, Deke, grabs a loaded shotgun and tries to protect his parents.

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* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Averted. Jeff and Amy's car breaking down sets the plot in motion, but we find out later that the breakdown happened for a very good reason: the motor it was actually sabotaged.
* ProtectedByAChild: When Jeff walks into the farmhouse kitchen with a pistol and orders holds Red to hand over the key to the barn, at gunpoint, Red's young son, Deke, grabs a loaded shotgun rifle and tries to protect his parents.
13th Jan '16 3:12:48 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Additionally, whatever happened to Red's family, such as his wife and his son Deke? They were freed, so does that mean they're on the loose?

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** Additionally, There's also some FridgeHorror concerning whatever happened to Red's family, such as his wife and his son Deke? They after they were freed, so does freed. Not only is their family patriarch dead, but they also just discovered that mean they're on the loose?
he was a SerialKiller; that's gotta be hard to take.
10th Aug '15 5:24:07 PM ImSpideyTropes
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to the cop Earl shot? We never see him again afterwards, though the ambulance that Jeff called may have saved him.
** Additionally, whatever happened to Red's family, such as his wife and his son Deke? They were freed, so does that mean they're on the loose?
8th Mar '15 9:06:06 AM Morgenthaler
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The film was a modest hit, earning $50,159,144 in the United States market but fairing poorly everywhere else. It was the 36th most profitable film of its year. The critics have been largely favorable to it due to solid performances by the actors, fast-paced action, and unusually plausible script. Its RottenTomatoes rating is 78 % fresh.

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The film was a modest hit, earning $50,159,144 in the United States market but fairing poorly everywhere else. It was the 36th most profitable film of its year. The critics have been largely favorable to it due to solid performances by the actors, fast-paced action, and unusually plausible script. Its RottenTomatoes rating is 78 % fresh.
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19th Dec '14 6:44:16 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** It gets even worse when Jeff follows the BigBad home and discovers that he's an ordinary family man with a wife and kid -- neither of which has any idea of [[SerialKiller what he does in his spare time]].
19th Dec '14 6:41:50 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad starts to threaten the hero and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out Creator/KurtRussell screams "You FUCK!!!" and kicks him in the face.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Near the end of the movie, the BigBad Red starts to threaten the hero Jeff and his wife (the latter having just been rescued from the [[StuffedInTheFridge chest freezer]] in which the villains left her to suffocate) only to be silenced nine words in when a severely stressed-out Creator/KurtRussell Jeff screams "You FUCK!!!" '''FUCK!!!'''" and kicks him in the face.
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