Sunday, November 2, 2014

Want to watch something scary for Halloween weekend, but you/your spouse/your hamster doesn't like horror? Or gore? Look no further than the tightly wound, beautifully shot 1997 suspense thriller BREAKDOWN starring Kurt Russell, JT Walsh, and Kathleen Quinlan.

I could watch this movie multiple times and still enjoy it. Russell is at his best here, opting to play a sensible, beleaguered everyman (rather than his overblown action hero persona) faced with the possible abduction of his wife in the middle of the Deserts of the American Southwest. The less you know going in, the better.

The scariest thing about the whole scenario is its realism. Intense scenes abound, but at no time does it feel too farfetched or silly. If anything, the film goes out of its way to retain plausibility, and keeps you, the viewer ruminating, "This could happen to me."

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