Stephen Dorf stars in “Brake,” a new film about a secret service agent who is locked in the trunk of a car and tortured to give up information about the whereabouts of the president. NY1’s Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Stephen Dorf is an actor who I think is underutilized by Hollywood, but whenever he does get a chance to be on screen, even if the movie isn't great, I almost always enjoy his performance. His latest is something called “Brake.”
The premise of this action thriller is pretty simple. Dorf plays Jeremy Reins, a secret service agent who wakes up trapped in the trunk of a car. He has no idea how he got there, and as the movie unfolds, we start to learn, along with him, the reason why.
We quickly find out that Reins has some vital information concerning the secret whereabouts of the president. Terrorists want to know the location and they torture Reins to try and get it him out of him.
Among the tactics: sending a swarm of bees through a small hole.
Reins has a CB radio and a cell phone, so he's able to communicate with the outside world. But things are not always what they appear to be, and that's what I liked about this movie.
There's a digital clock, reminiscent of the one from the TV series “24,” that counts down every four minutes or so. Each time it reaches zero, something unexpected happens.
There's a lot of twists and turns, and for a claustrophobic movie that takes place entirely in the trunk of a car, it does keep your attention. Credit for this has to go to the screenwriter, director Gabe Torres as well as Dorf, who turns in a good performance.
This one location, confined space, trapped in a box thing was done to lesser effect recently in a mediocre Ryan Reynolds movie called “Buried.” In every regard, “Brake” is better.
At 93 minutes, it's never boring, and although some of this is flawed and kind of ridiculous, including the implausible ending, if you go along for the ride, there's fun as well as some suspense to be had here.
“Brake” is not worth full price at the box office when it opens in theatres next month, but it's a decent Movies On Demand pick, where it's playing right now on Time Warner Cable.
Neil Rosen’s Big Apple Rating: 2.5 Apples