Now I have to admit that I have been a great fan of Stephen Dorff’s for a fair number of years now, I mean every role he has done, rather it be the sort of over worked cop trailing a cyber killer in, ‘FeardotCom’ or even as the slightly sarcastic, but extremely arrogant up-and-coming Vampire in the first ‘Blade’ movie, Mr. Dorff brings a commanding performance to just about any role that he plays, so much so that if he plays a, ‘bad guy’ that you know the final battle is going to be totally epic, and if he is a good guy, that he captures the bad guy and gets the girl…
And that is the case with, Brake (2012):
Written by: Timothy Mannion and Directed by: Gabe Torres (Border Battles). Starring: Stephen Dorff (Alone In The Dark), J.R. Bourne (The Secret Circle), Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy), and Tom Berenger (Betrayed).
Brake tells the story of a Special Agent with the Secret Service by the name of Jeremy Reins (Dorff) who is kidnapped and locked in to a clear impenetrable case in the trunk of his car. His only initial sources of communication is an old CB radio, some sort of speaker phone system that is connected to the trunk, and the air hole that they gave him so that he wouldn’t die!
Now of course when Reins wakes up he is trying to figure out what the hell is going on…
At first he finds the CB radio, and finds out that ‘Henry Shaw’ (A state department worker) is in a similar predicament… That is when his captors end up putting in a post card and a light in his air hole. What is on the post card reads, ‘Give us the location of roulette’.
Now Roulette being a bunker system that was set up to protect the President, Vice President, etc… in case of attack!
As the terrorists that have kidnapped Special Agent Reins are trying to ratchet up their persuasion techniques to get Reins to tell then where Roulette is, (including causing pandemonium around D.C. and Virginia). Reins will have to make a choice between the oath he took to protect the President, and to save himself and the people that have been forced in to this situation, while trying to figure out how to save himself, the people trapped in this situation, and protect the President that he has been charged to protect!
Now what I liked about this movie and what I do feel makes this a very awesome B movie is a couple of things:
1. First off I gotta give props to Timothy Mannion, I mean the story was so well crafted that I never knew for certain who it was that was the terrorists that had kidnapped Reins, until the bitter end, and I gotta say that the ending is one that blew my mind, that I never would have expected!
2. Now the next person that I gotta give props to is director Gabe Torres, I mean it had to be rather difficult to direct a guy in a car trunk, but he did an excellent job!
3, Lastly I gotta say that the performance that Stephen Dorff did in this movie was fantastic! I mean he had very little room to work, but as usual did a great job in this role! (As a side not, Mr. Dorff is credited as having executive produced this film as well.)
Note: Don’t forget to check out the interview that writer Timothy Mannion gave to ABM’s Matthew Dowling, called: ’20 Questions with: ‘Brake’ screenwriter Timothy Mannion’
With the movie set to be released in to Theaters on March 23rd, please enjoy this trailer for, Brake (2012):