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Jan. 15, 2016 UK110 Min.
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Craig Fairbrass isAlfie Jennings
Alfie Jennings
Emmett Scanlan isConnor Moran
Connor Moran
James Cosmo isAlbert Chapman
Albert Chapman
Mehmet Ferda isHakan Abaci
Hakan Abaci
Tamer Hassan isIraz Kartal
Iraz Kartal
Olivia Grant isCatherine Jennings
Catherine Jennings
Bruce Payne isPeter Grainger
Peter Grainger
Rab Affleck isRonnie Anderson
Ronnie Anderson
Amanda Wass isMaya Jennings
Maya Jennings


A professional contract killer, haunted by visions of his violent past, spirals out of control. His work compromised as he reaches breaking point, he is forced to defend his family from his ruthless employers.

Original titleBreakdown
IMDb Rating5.2 481 votes
TMDb Rating4.9 5 votes

(6) comments

  • sdt-77844January 19, 2016Reply

    Pulls off a good effort in a swamped genre.

    I was not expecting much from this as it came out of the blue but was
    pleasantly surprised at the outcome. All the actors were more than
    accomplished in there roles, especially the female leads. Mr Fairbrass
    does his usual impression of ‘wasp chewing bulldog’ but also managed to
    at least attempt some tenderness. Some nice turns and a twist keeps the
    pace up without relying too much on ultra violence, of which there is

    The only infuriating let-down was the damn sound balance. Whisper quiet
    dialogue (especially Connor) that ramps to 200db at the flick of a
    switch. Sitting with hand poised over volume control for the whole film
    got tedious!

    Apart from that, good work.

  • Rory WhiteJanuary 27, 2016Reply

    Not bad, (unbelievable ending (not in a good way)

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • JailouJanuary 27, 2016Reply

    An absolute awesome British thriller!

    Just when you think they don’t make any good indie British films
    anymore, unless its gangster Essex boys, football thugs and drugs,
    along comes something right out of left field that literally stopped me
    in my tracks, I actually paused the film and SCREAMED!! You have to
    COME watch this, it’s really good! and we did.

    BREAKDOWN is not the norm by any stretch, OK its low budget, but there
    is something extremely engaging about it, its cinematic, gripping,
    beautifully acted in my view and totally convincing..I did look away a
    few times though especially in the torture scene but on the whole a
    seriously good film, riveting storyline, believable characters and the
    taxidermist twist I just loved. You just have to keep the faith and
    keep watching British films because every now and then something rather
    special comes along and BREAKDOWN is just that.

    Completed to write this! Peace and Love.

  • FlashCallahanFebruary 5, 2016Reply

    Not the vehicle type……..

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • davideo-2April 21, 2016Reply

    Another British film showcasing brutal, gratuitous violence

    STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning
    ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

    Alfie Jennings (Craig Fairbrass) is a cold, ruthless contract killer,
    who has suddenly developed a crisis with his conscience, haunted by
    nightmarish visions of those he has killed over the years. It all comes
    to a head one night when he is unable to a finish a job, and
    embarrasses headman Chapman (James Cosmo), his employer and family
    friend. With his fifteen year old daughter to look after, and loving
    wife in tow, Alfie realises it’s time to quit the life…but Chapman
    has other ideas.

    Breakdown enjoyed the most limited of cinema releases, before rapidly
    arriving on DVD. If this kind of British film were in the mainstream,
    it would paint a very grim picture of the current state of our green
    and pleasant land. While many may think it has a point, the brutal,
    unflinching violence and cold, dispassionate onslaughts this film
    delivers at times, really make your skin crawl and test your endurance
    limit, making you question when as a decent person you should turn

    This is fairly standard looking in presentation, and appears to want to
    burst right out of it’s direct to DVD confines, offering that little
    bit more meat on the bones than the usual such film, cramming in
    subplots involving family dramas and soforth, and even an element of
    horror at the beginning that might have stretched the budget a bit.
    Fairbrass has an undeniably hard, no nonsense presence and delivery,
    and is very effective in the lead role, whilst Cosmo, by turns, is a
    quietly understated and menacing villain.

    Ultimately, though, it isn’t pieced together well enough to work as a
    whole, and the sheer gratuity and nastiness of it really weighs it
    down. **

  • lavatchFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    What’s It All About, Alfie?

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

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