REVIEW: Breakout (2013) - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Breakout (2013)

Breakout is another one of those DTV movies where you wonder why anyone at all even bothered, including yourself.  But it wouldn’t be fair to say it has no redeeming value, because if nothing else it’s a 90 minute demo reel for Dominic Purcell.  The man is a great actor and even in a dull piece of crap like this stays professional, he’s the only guy really acting.  In this movie I guess he figured if nobody else, maybe some casting agents or the like might stumble upon this feature and watch it through ’till the end.  Brendan Fraser though had different ideas.  Not only is he refusing to even phone it in here, the guy looks downright pissed to be involved.  I’m not sure anyone could blame him either.

Unhinged madman Dominic Purcell and his retard brother head on up to the Canadian countryside to rent a cabin.  When they arrive, the owner refuses to rent, he doesn’t like the cut of Purcell’s jib, so Purcell kills him, naturally.  While his brother, unimpressed with this by now tedious murder business, carries on reading his comic book (figures).  Turns out some kids in the area witness the slaying, so Purcell must terminate them at the first opportunity.  Watching the movie, it’s kind of hard not to consider this a rip off of The River Wild (1994), looks like it may have even been filmed in similar countryside.  Also hard to miss however is the cinematographer’s inability to make good use of it, nice location, horrible lazy shots.  I mean, I get that that DTV business is always short on resources, but they had a nice opportunity here to inject some atmosphere and use the land to an advantage.  Not so.

In a DTV movie you can forgive a lot, but at some point the weight of excessive plotholes and convoluted nonsense needs to be called out.  Take the kids that Purcell is hunting.  Their parents aren’t with them, they’re being minded by some associate.  One, the mother, is at home and being updated via phone on the impending murder of her kids, yet she seems curiously unaffected and makes little effort to do jack shit.  Then there’s the father, Brendan Fraser, a convict behind bars who coincidentally and conveniently wins a prisoners working permit logging trees at precisely the exact forest and time where all of this is happening.  There are ten million square kilometers in Canada.  Yes.  Lazy writing, there is no excuse for this.

Sometimes DTV’s find their target.  Not today, not Breakout.


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  1. Marcus Winston

    November 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    i must say that i have seen alot of garbage ass movies…but this by far was the worst! i mean i actually took the time to look it up just to write this…even though i was low budget im wondering how in the hell did the director get funding to make this shit? Brendan Fraser is not the worst actor but for him to stoop this low to play a role in this movie belittles him…he should be ashamed!!! i mean honestly a horrible plot and even worse acting, and the so called mentally challenged brother…wtf were the writers thinking? im lost still…a complete waste of time..i would have much rather experienced torture for the time the movie lasted..the cast should be stoned like really..i hope that my review reaches someone that matters because this is a serious issue..i rented this movie from the redbox and i honestly want my $1.20 back!!!!!

    • Travis Schiffner

      November 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      This is the best review ever! I just laughed my ass off
      I hate you wasted your money, but it was worth that hilarious review

    • The Knight Rider

      November 17, 2013 at 7:09 am

      We’re here to warn dude!

  2. The Knight Rider

    November 15, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Yeah Fraser gave one of the worst ‘phone-in’ performances ever here, almost offensively bad. Clearly doing it for a cheque.

  3. Anonymous

    March 1, 2014 at 12:52 am

    2nd worst movie ever after The Postman. 42 missed shots then 2 in a row – the Ranger then Fraser. How convenient. And how crappy. DO NOT WATCH.

  4. Dave Anderson

    February 1, 2017 at 4:56 am

    i started rooting for the killer, because the victims were too stupid to let the killer have his riffle. the first guy that died came into the cabin with his rifle aimed at two men. He le one man approach him right within reach of the rifle!? Of course he got it and killed the owner of the rifle. Frasier stabbed the killer in the hand and ran off, leaving the rifle with the killer! This should be a training film on how not to defend yourself with a firearm.

  5. Dave Anderson

    February 1, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I read my note, and realize it’s very incoherent. (hope this makes more sense.)

    I started rooting for the killer, twice:

    the first victim was too stupid to prevent the killer from disarming him. This soon to be victim, came into the cabin with his rifle aimed at two guys that had broken in to it. He let one man approach him within easy reach of the muzzle! He might as well have just handed it to him! Of course bad guy disarmed and killed the man with his own rifle.

    The second time I rooted for the killer was when Frasier had desperately been trying to rescue his kids from the killer. He got into a bloody struggle with the killer, and Frasier got the best of him and stabbed him in the hand, but didn’t finish him off – being such a nice guy, he let the bad guy live, although writhing in pain; and, he was so considerate he left the killer with the rifle and a decent supply of ammo.

    These guys had really poor survival skills…Even with no experience with self defense,
    wouldn’t your instincts tell you not to make such clueless mistakes. There were plenty more, but these are the 2 most unbelievable.

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