Genre Guesstimation – Breakdown (1997)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Jess Manzo of French Toast Sunday and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies that take place over a 24 Hour Time Frame (Not including time loop movies).

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Aug by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jess!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Movies that take place over a 24 Hour Time Frame (Not including time loop movies). ……

“[to Jeff] You the fella looking for his wife? ” – Billy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After their car breaks down in the desert, a man begins to search for his wife who has mysteriously disappeared.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about not long after it came out, yet never had the opportunity to see what it was all about.

The story is done in a very realistic way and both Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan are great as the couple who’s travel plans are thwarted by mysterious ‘locals’.

J.T. Walsh is also superb in all that he does and he makes his character seem quite genuine at the beginning, but soon things turn a bit too far fetched.

The story has some nice twists in it that helps keep things suspenseful, but overall, something is missing that would help raise the stakes even higher.

The villains also come across as being far too plain and that hurts the full believability of everything that they do since they come across as seeming quite one-dimensional the entire way through.

The story has some great moments filled with lots of tension and the choice to keep things in a short time span to occur enhances things a lot.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Red (J.T. Walsh) says to Jeff (Kurt Russell): “49 minutes, Jeff. Time to get the show on the road.” – it is exactly 49 minutes until the end of the movie. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes close. Russell and Quinlan are great as the couple, but the villains feel a bit too one dimensional.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Breakdown (1997)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur August Finale – Die Hard (1988) – MovieRob – Encore Review 11 | MovieRob

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