Stephen Dorff Is Secret Service Agent Jeremy Reins In BRAKEApril 19, 2012

IFC Films

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: BRAKE (IFC Films).

By Joe Charnitski


In Hollywood parlance the “high concept” movie is a film driven by one big idea, a bold concept, as opposed to propelled by character or even plot. For example, the high concept of THE TRUMAN SHOW is “one man’s entire life is a reality tv show, but he doesn’t know it.” “A weatherman is reliving Groundhogs Day over and over again,” is another example of a high concept driving a picture.

There are three requirements for a successful high concept movie: 1) obviously, a strong concept. You need the kind of conceit that elicits “oh, what a great idea for a movie” as a response; 2) the concept has to build, take fresh turns and keep an audience intrigued. Some big ideas are excellent in the first 10 minutes, but if you don’t know where to take the story, you’ve got a big “who cares” on your hands; 3) the payoff, the climax, the big reveal - it’s got to be good, surprising yet satisfying. The high concept poses a question, the end needs to provide an answer.


The claustrophobic action flick BRAKE certainly has a high concept: a secret service agent is trapped in a plastic box in the trunk of a car by terrorists intent on killing the President. He has information they want. They have his wife. What should he do? So, the first requirement is met. Unfortunately, it’s less successful with the other two.

Stephen Dorff (SOMEWHERE, PUBLIC ENEMIES) stars as secret service agent Jeremy Reins. He’s the guy stuck in the trunk. He wakes up in this predicament and assumes he’s been placed there because of gambling debts. Soon he discovers the much darker truth. Not only are terrorists trying to use him to assassinate the President. Not only are they threatening his wife. They’ve kidnapped another man, placed him in a separate trunk and kidnapped his family, too. Jeremy can save the lives of all of these people. He only needs to break the most solemn oath he’s taken: to protect the President.

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New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: November 2012November 01, 2012

New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys: November 2012

On Demand Weekly's Kate Wilson (@KateDoesLifegoes through all the new  movies each month for her New Movies On Demand Preview - For Guys.



Kate’s Top Movies On Demand For The Guys


By Kate Asche Wilson
It’s November! The universal month of intense eating. Mainly because of the glorious holiday Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the most beautiful day because it’s just a day for eating, and that thing about the pilgrims and the Indians, but mostly eating. A lot of times drinking too. Lots of Beer, and lots of happiness. Now when you’re in that awkward stage between binging on mashed potatoes and passing out because all of the tryptophan, why don’t you sit down, relax, and put on a nice Movie on Demand. I’ve got your top November picks already chosen so literally you don’t have to do any work at all. Happy November!
Top On Demand Films For Guys:
THE EXPENDABLES 2 - Premieres November 20
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This film is essentially action porn, and probably your number one fantasy if you’re the type of guy that feels Call of Duty just gets you. It’s like Christmas! Mixed with bloodthirsty revenge and explosions. This sequel is a contemporary look at the emotional intensity of life and purpose and…no I’m just messing with you. It has guns! Lots and Lots of guns!
R, Action / Same day as DVD

SAVAGES - Premieres November 13
This plot is literally about two well-mannered pot growing bros, Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), who raise the dankest bud, have a ridiculously successful business, and share Blake Lively. Are you serious? This is legitimately the wet dream of every high school senior in California. Throw in some angry Mexicans and you’ve got yourself a racist crime drama that really starts to heat up when Salma Hayek kidnaps Bake Lively. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with this film, but Blake Lively is naked for half the movie. That’s probably the only thing that matters.
R, Action / Same day as DVD, 28 days before Netflix

THE CAMPAIGN - Premieres October 30
The dream team of Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell come together for this comedy about two CEOs who concoct an elaborate scheme to oust the long-term Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) by pitting the outrageously naïve Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) against him. It’s a hilarious blend of crude humor and political satire that is so offensive you can’t help but love it. Notable mention to the two corrupt CEOs played by the incomparable Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow. Comedy royalty right there.
R, Comedy / Same day as DVD, Weeks before Netflix

A Film For The Babes That The Guys Will Like:

THE WATCH - Premieres November 13
It’s Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, and Vince Vaughn fighting aliens that have overrun their small suburban town. Also it’s a comedy that you can watch that your babe will like. Really I put it on their list! It’s funny, the actors are great, and it has unexpected extraterrestrial life forms. Really guys be thankful that I didn’t suggest STEP UP REVOLUTION. You’re welcome.

Guys and Babes:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN - Premieres November 9
I know what you’re thinking. Another Spider-Man franchise? So soon? But what about Tobey? I loved the last SPIDER-MAN franchise (SPIDER-MAN 3 is exempt from this love) and I have an unnatural loyalty to the beautiful Tobey Maguire, but this reboot is completely different, absolutely superb, and worth your time. Andrew Garfield plays a younger, neurotic, and darker Peter Parker that is struggling with adolescence just like your average teenager. Unlike your average teenager he has the added bonus of being a superhero. Fun times for an orphan with girl issues! Emma Stone is the perfect Gwen Stacey who rocks a ponytail and knee high boots like no one I’ve ever seen. Garfield and Stone’s chemistry make this film, and adds a sweet romance to an otherwise thrilling action adventure. Needless to say this film is perfect for both guys and babes.
PG-13, Action / Same day as DVD
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