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Film Review: Brake (2012)
Brake (2012). Directed by Gabe Torres. The film starts when Secret Service agent Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) wakes up in a plastic lined box, inside the boot of a car. All he can see in front of him is an LED clock that's counting down from 4 minutes. Brake follows very much in the tradition of films like Buried (2010) and Open Water (2003). The majority of the film is spent in a single environment, and the film hangs on whether that environment is both believable and sustained atmospherically. For me it was, and Dorff does a great job of keeping things together, helped by a soundtrack that doesn't intrude. The only negatives really are a plot that could have been better, and an ending that stretches credulity too far. Recommended for fans of suspenseful drama. 4/5 (Good)