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A Great Scene Between Russell and JT Walsh


"Breakdown" start to finish is a very suspenseful thriller in the "this could happen to you" category, but if there is one suspense scene that stands out to me, it is this one:

When Russell first returns for his wife and finds trucker JT Walsh(who had only minutes before been talking to Russell AND his wife, and offering to watch after the wife) alone, JT says "what wife? what are you talking about buddy" and NO ONE ELSE IS THERE. JT has already begun his "fake story"(there was no wife) and there isn't even a witness around to have to lie to. He's ALREADY messing with Russell and then when a cop arrives, JT can smoothly go into his "I don't know what he's talking about" routine.

I just like the way that JT(superbly evil in this film) messes with Russell like that...with nobody else around.

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It's not the same truck driver.
He really got confused between the two drivers.

Watch the two scenes again.

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You're messing with my mind....

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Now I have to watch the movie again and check, but I'm pretty sure you were right.

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....messing with my mind...just like JT Walsh did with Kurt Russell's mind.

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It's a bloody great movie. I think I am gunna watch it again today. Also, do you no any other movies in the same vein as this one?

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I'm sure there are...but I can't think of them.

If its a matter of a real good guy versus really evil bad guys -- "Sudden Death" with Jean-Claude Vandamm comes to mind, but that's more of a Die Hard thing(Die Hard at a Hockey Arena).

No, Breakdown is tight and small and about "regular people" trapped in a terrible trap. I can't think of anything just like it right now.

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Yeah I can't either, that's why I asked you, lol. I don't think I've seen sudden death before. Die hard in a hokey arena definitely appeals to me though. I will check it out.

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It's a hidden gem of a thriller. Nice and suspenseful. The ending is a little weak but I would rate it a bit higher than what it's rated on IMDB.

That is a good scene though. It's the one that pulls you in and makes you interested in what's actually going on.

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Walsh was so incredibly good in this. He was so villainous that he practically makes you want to punch the TV.

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