Kurt Russell's Breakdown Gets 25th Anniversary Blu Ray from Paramount

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Breakdown Blu-ray

Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan star as Jeff and Amy Taylor, a married couple from Massachussetts on the road to a new job and a new life on the west coast. But a chance encounter in the desolate southwest pits them against a gang of kidnappers and murderers who use the diners and truck stops as bases of operation, and who have been thus far successful at making people disappear forever.

When Jeff's Jeep Grand Cherokee breaks down on the side of the road in the desert, a friendly trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers them a lift. Jeff chooses to stay with the car while Amy goes with the trucker to a diner down the road to phone for a tow. While she's gone, Jeff finds the problem with the vehicle, fixes it and gets on the road to the diner -- only to find nobody has seen his wife there. Frantic, Jeff drives until he finds the trucker -- who also claims to have never met him, and convinces the police of the same.

It's all the lead-up to a shakedown, as the trucker turns out to be the ringleader of a good old boy network of kidnappers, with his partners Earl (M.C. Gainey), Billy (Jack Noseworthy), and Al (Ritch Brinkley). They take Jeff in a deserted stretch and order him to get a wire transfer from his bank for the $90,000 they believe he has if he wants to redeem his wife's life. But there is no money, and now Jeff has to continue stringing the kidnappers along until he can find a way to save his wife.

Fraught with tension from the first minute of the film, Breakdown is filled with daring escapes, anxiety-inducing scenarios, and edge of your seat car crashes. Walsh is the consummate actor to play a cold, calculating villain, and of course Russell as always is the relatable everyman put into an impossible situation.

Riveting from start to finish, Breakdown is a satisfying way to spend a good 90 minutes eating popcorn.

4.5 / 5.0