We often guide our children on never accepting a ride from a complete stranger. Yet, that’s what’s done in “Breakdown.” When their SUV experiences issues, they try to find out what the problem is, but before long, the heat and lack of water is getting to them. So it appears reasoning eludes them.
Never in their wildest dreams would parents let up on advising their children of strangers. Daily, parents advise children to never, ever, ever accept a ride from a stranger. So why would supposedly rational adults accept a ride from a complete stranger.
Spoiler Alert: Kathleen Quinlan plays the role of Amy Taylor. She is the wife of Jeffrey Taylor played by Kurt Russell. When their vehicle breaks down in the middle of the desert, conveniently along comes trucker Warrren ‘Red’ Barr played by J.T. Walsh. After the two males try to determine the issue with the vehicle, Barr offers to drive them both to the nearest restaurant to make a call. However, only Amy accepts while Jeff is hesitant. Hours pass and Amy does not return. She has disappeared and now the search is on.
Several things leave the viewer hanging in this picture. There are some questions that go unanswered. For instance, there is the reason why the one kidnapper has to act as if he is a bit disabled or kind of not all there when advising Jeff he knows what happened to Amy.
There is also the issue when the shot officer is left lying in the road as Jeff heads off to rescue his wife. In the desert, other issues could come about before he is rescued. Being shot, I would fear predators of some sort. But, this is the movie and reasoning has not to do with playwright.
As Jeff discovers where Amy is, he then is able to rescue her from the freezer she is being held captive i, but another danger prevails. They then have to escape the danger of Red trying to run them down in an attemptto prevent being caught and charged with kidnapping.
Action packed, suspenseful, all of the above. Kurt Russell plays a very good down to earth, never been involved in danger kind of relaxed husband who now has to go up against maniacs to try and rescue his wife.
“Breakdown” won the 1998 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Suspense role. Kathleen Quinlan was the nominee to win this award.
Kurt Russell – Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Taylor
Kathleen Quinlan – Amy Taylor
J.T. Walsh – Warren “Red’ Barr