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Broken

USA 2021
produced by
Laura Buckles, Patrick Phillips, Bruce Hanson (executive), David Puff (executive) for Opine Entertainment, Puff Studios
directed by Patrick Phillips
starring Griffin Cork, Karina Cox, S-Raj Kumar, Laura Buckles, Neil Chase, Tina-Marie Springham, Ron Marshall, Morgan LeBlanc, Alice Creed, Morgan Yamada, Fawn Martin, Nathan Martin, Diego Stredel
story by Patrick Phillips, screenplay by Laura Buckles, Keith Johnson, music by Lance Warlock

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It starts where stories like this more often end, in a police interrogation room, where Chief Kimble (Laura Buckles) and Agent Thomas (Neil Chase) question Brian (Griffin Cork) about a drug drop-off gone wrong in the hopes of getting Brian to testify on his big boss.

Now the drop-off went wrong, but only indirectly through Brian's fault, as he had done hundreds of drop-offs before this one, and has become so confident about this that he brought his girlfriend Katie (Karina Cox) and best friend Steven (S-Raj Kumar) along what was supposed to be a joyride. And everything goes very well, really, until Brian walks into a liquor store, stumbles upon a robbery, and shoots dead the robber (Morgan Yamada) in pure self defense. No court of law would have convicted him for this - but unfortunately he's on a drug run, so he can't really go to the police. So he calls his boss asking him to sort things out. Thing is, the boss isn't too happy that Brian has brought Katie and Steven along for the ride and insists he gets rid of these witnesses - the lethal way ...

 

A very cool thriller that's in equal parts a game of cat-and-mouse and character piece, and that keeps things real, choosing clever storytelling over spectacle, character development over action. And a very solid small ensemble and a subtle directorial effort help to make this a genre movie that's well worth a watch.

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