It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend some quality viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Breakdown.
The Vanishing meets The Hitcher and Duel in this cracking and largely forgotten Kurt Russell thriller from 1997.
Breakdown finds Russell stranded in the California desert and desperately searching for his wife (Kathleen Quinlan), who has gone missing after accepting a lift to the nearest phone from a seemingly friendly trucker (J.T. Walsh). In the best road-thriller tradition, things rapidly go from bad to worse for our city slicker hero, who ultimately finds himself engaged in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with some local psycho rednecks. Director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3) fashions a white-knuckle suspense-thriller in the spirit of Hitchcock – you can almost picture Cary Grant hanging from the side of a speeding 18-wheeler (with rear-projection effects, of course).
Four reasons why Breakdown rocks:
1. The jaw-dropping practical stunts during the high-octane climax
2. A juicy villain role for J.T. Walsh.
3. Kurt Russell in over his head.
4. “Do you really want me to stop?”
Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.