History Film / Breakdown

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.
27th Jul '14 8:28:32 PM Angeldeb82
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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: By the time Jeff finds out that the "friendly" trucker and the "helpful" youth with the supposed mental disability are both in league with the bad-tempered stranger and all three have it in for him and Amy, he's gotten so [[ParanoiaFuel paranoid]] that he can't bring himself to trust anybody who lives in or around the town, not knowing who else might be in on the scheme.

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* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: By the time Jeff finds out that the "friendly" trucker and the "helpful" youth with the supposed mental disability are both in league with the bad-tempered stranger and all three have it in for him and Amy, he's gotten so [[ParanoiaFuel paranoid]] {{paranoi|aFuel}}d that he can't bring himself to trust anybody who lives in or around the town, not knowing who else might be in on the scheme.
27th Jul '14 8:28:01 PM Angeldeb82
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* DistressedDamsel: Amy for most of the film.

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* DistressedDamsel: DamselInDistress: Amy for most of the film.
11th Feb '14 6:23:32 AM SeptimusHeap
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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 (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.

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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 (MCGainey) (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.
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