Overplotted and underwhelming, “Breaking Point” is the type of movie that finds it necessary to invent a far-reaching legal/political conspiracy just so one guy can redeem himself by overthrowing it. Virtually nothing rings true or holds attention in this wannabe-gritty world of unscrupulous lawyers, psycho drug dealers, inauthentic courtroom drama and gratuitous misogyny. Pic should score most of its hits on DVD after a fleeting theatrical run.
Unable to kick his drug habit or his tragic past, sad-sack Gotham lawyer Steven Luisi (Tom Berenger) uncovers a web of corruption involving his client (Dyron Holmes), wrongfully accused of double murder; a scheming rival (Armand Assante) who has his eye on the district attorney’s seat; a vicious gangster (Busta Rhymes, effective) who likes to throw babies out windows; and a not-so-bad thug (Kirk “Sticky Fingaz” Jones) whose onetime pro football career makes him just the guy to catch said babies. Luisi’s maudlin, overscored flashbacks — which culminate in a poorly staged car accident — clash with relentlessly hideous scenes of black women being beaten and held at knifepoint, suggesting artistic demons/fixations more disturbing than any plaguing the pic’s protag.