'Brake' Trailer is '24' Meets 'Buried'

Brake movie trailer (2012)

Stephen Dorff stars in Brake, a new high-concept (but low-budget) thriller that basically combines the frantic countdown pacing of 24 with the single-setting political intrigue of the 2010 thriller Buried. Today we have a new trailer for Brake to share, in case you were interested in screening the film now, via Video On Demand or other streaming services, a month ahead of the film's official premiere in theaters.

Check out the synopsis for Brake below, followed by the trailer:

Jeremy Reins (Stephen Dorff) is about to have a very bad day. He wakes up in total darkness, confused and disoriented. The only light comes from the blood-red digital numbers ticking away above his head. Jeremy quickly realizes he’s in trouble. It’s hard to breath. He can barely move. And no one will answer his cries for help. Then, he hears the sound of an engine and it all becomes clear…he's trapped in the trunk of a moving car.

As his captors reveal themselves and their motives, Jeremy realizes he won't be set free until he gives up the whereabouts of “Roulette,” a secret location where the U.S. President is taken in the event of a terrorist attack.

In addition to the obvious connections to 24 and Buried, Brake also carries shades of films like Captivity and/or Saw in the way that Jeremy is tormented while held in captivity. Single-setting thrillers tend to be hit or miss, and this one will depend on how well TV director Gabe Torres and newbie screenwriter Timothy Mannion can maintain the logic and pretext for keeping the action all centered in car trunk - while keeping the protagonist interesting and engaging, with few tools besides his facial expressions to tell the tale.

As far as those points go, Brake looks as though it could quickly go off the rails, what with the idea of a secret service agent being abducted, a car trunk that doubles as a torture cell, etc... Still, there are fans of this sort of high-concept thriller out there, so to them this should be a fun watch.

To his credit, Stephen Dorff is an accomplished actor and has already proven himself capable of holding a screen with little action or movement, as evidenced by his many static scenes in Sophia Coppola's Somewhere. That Brake looks more exciting than Coppola's slow and ruminative look at the life of a celebrity is only a plus for Dorff.

Brake is currently available on VOD platforms, including iTunes, SundanceNOW, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Video Unlimited and XBOX Zune. The film will open on screens March 23, 2012.

Source: IFC Films

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