The Break (1997)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance, Thriller


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Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »


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22 April 1999 | Doctor_Bombay
Sometimes you gotta take it with you.
Seems when a movie starts with a prison break, the story predictably goes in one of two directions. (1) Our protagonist has a big score already planned, and all the resources are at his fingertips. He's upbeat and optimistic. The air of freedom, albeit temporary, smells good. Or, (2) He looks toward a redemptive arc. Probably he finds a good woman in the most unlikely of places, and strives to go, with her, toward a better end. He will meet with some success, only to find a prohibitive obstacle in his path. I mean we can't let a guy escape from prison and get away clean, can we?

In ‘The Break' (USA title) Stephen Rea again does a masterful job of underplaying the character of Sean Dowd, trying option #2 on for size. He breaks out of an Irish prison, then relocates to New York, where he works in an obscure restaurant washing dishes.

The story then follows a rather predictable path, with a somewhat surprising ending. Director Roger Dornhelm does a good job keeping the film on track.

Overall a solid thriller.

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Genres

Drama | Romance | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

20 February 1998

Language

English, Irish, Spanish


Country of Origin

UK, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Japan

Filming Locations

East River, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,975 22 February 1998

Gross USA:

$14,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,760

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