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Just-As-Classic Pick o’ the Day — 11/25/12

Breakdown (1997)
A man’s wife disappears in the desert Southwest after accepting a trucker’s help with car trouble. Director: Jonathan Mostow. Cast: Kurt Russell, Kathleen Quinlan, J.T. Walsh, M.C. Gainey. TV-R | 5:00 AM PST | IFC | 93 minutes

Don’t even know where to begin with how taut the suspense gets in this under-the-radar beauty, twisting and turning from damn near beginning through to the end. As perfect as Russell is as the constantly frustrated and thwarted husband, though, I’m of the mindset J.T. Walsh owns the movie just as much as his adversary, the two matching each other in increasing intensity as Walsh’s Red seems to always be just two moves ahead. I’ll even go so far as to call this Walsh’s finest role in an incredibly illustrious character actor career. Not enough on-screen time for the under-appreciated Quinlan, but a minor quibble. Also envisioned a decent career for director Mostow, but it’s a damn shame he could never find something even half this awesome. That said, I still fully admit digging U-571 and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machine, especially T3.

Also on IFC tomorrow (all times PST): Prior CPODs Apocalypto (11:30 AM) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (9:00 PM), and J-A-CPOD Sin City (2:30 PM).

1 comment to Just-As-Classic Pick o’ the Day — 11/25/12

  • JimmyC

    Great movie, and agreed on Mostow: he can crank up the tension like nobody else in the business. U-571 was great, as was the underrated Surrogates. T3 was a clear case of the studio suits pulling the strings (as often happens with big franchise movies like that) but I still enjoyed it.

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