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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6 June 1999 | bond-jb
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| Not "The Crying Game"
In "The Crying Game," Neil Jordan and Stephen Rea combined to create a masterful, suspenseful thriller. However, "The Break" fails to reproduce that effect, ultimately resulting in a disappointing film. After an intriguing opening sequence, in which Rea, as an Irish terrorist (surprised?), breaks out of prison, the movie really has nowhere to go. Ronan Bennett's screenplay tries to tell the sympathetic tale of a complex man attempting to go straight. The concept is good, but the movie gets bogged down in a poor relationship and runs into a complete dead end halfway through. Of course, Rea eventually returns to his terrorist techniques, this time to help the woman kill an oppressive Spanish general, or something ridiculous like that.

The movie simply doesn't have any firepower in the second half. The audience doesn't care about Rea's character. If you want to see a terrific movie with powerful performances and a fascinating story, check out "The Crying Game." Twice, instead of this once.

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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

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,975 22 February 1998

Gross USA:

$14,760

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,760

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