Break Up Release Date: 21 August 1998 (Italy) Genre: Thriller Director(s): Paul Marcus (Eye of the Killer) Writer(s): Anne Amanda Opotowsky Starring: Bridget Fonda, Kiefer Sutherland, Steven Weber Before Kiefer Sutherland perfected the art of screaming “THERE’S NO TIME!” he was stuck in direct-to-video purgatory. I call it purgatory because he never had to slip […]

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Break Up
Release Date: 21 August 1998 (Italy)
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Paul Marcus (Eye of the Killer)
Writer(s): Anne Amanda Opotowsky
Starring: Bridget Fonda, Kiefer Sutherland, Steven Weber

Before Kiefer Sutherland perfected the art of screaming “THERE’S NO TIME!” he was stuck in direct-to-video purgatory. I call it purgatory because he never had to slip to the level of an Eric Roberts to make a paycheck, but he most certainly was not smoking his cigarettes with a smile on his face. Every so often he even got to show off how great of an actor he was by putting in fantastic performances in films like Freeway. It’s quite possible that Kiefer himself would call this time hell, though, as he’d probably prefer to forget that movies like Break Up exists.

Jimmy Dade (Fonda) was struck one too many times by her husband John, and now she’s partially deaf. She has stuck with him despite this, hoping that things will get better. As things tend to go, they only get worse. She wakes up one day in the hospital after being sent down a flight of stairs by her husband. John isn’t there by her bedside, though, as he’s floating in the river. Enter Detectives John Box (Sutherland) and Ramsey (Weber), who approach Jimmy with the assumption that she was behind his murder. Jimmy soon hightails it, and as the detectives chase after her, Box begins to believe she may actually be innocent. Jimmy, meanwhile, discovers that her bank account is empty and that her husband may actually still be lurking around.

Break Up is a mediocre little piece of exploitation. Bridget Fonda, God, poor Bridget Fonda. She’s great here, but it’s a damn shame no one else in the cast can match up with her. Kiefer Sutherland playing an edgeless good guy and Steven Weber with a giant moustache are both bland, and the clues that they have to pretend to be intrigued by are predictable.

It’s not a total bust, but without Fonda it certainly would have been
DVD: Barebones

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