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Breaking Point

Overplotted and underwhelming, virtually nothing rings true or holds attention.

With:
With: Tom Berenger, Busta Rhymes, Armand Assante, Musetta Vander, Frankie Faison, Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones, Robert Capelli Jr., Curtiss Cook, Quisha Saunders, Robert Lupone, Kenya Brome, Jim Staszkiel, Devin Ratray, Jill Nicolini, Craig "Mums" Grant, Dyron Holmes.

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.

Breaking Point

Production: A Cinema Epoch release of an Evolving Prods. and Vince Campanella presentation. Produced by Campanella, Jay Webb, Robert Capelli Jr. Executive producers, Michael Tadross Jr., Julian Pliszka, Marc Bikindou, Andrea Cardinalli. Co-producer, Sylvia Caminer. Co-executive producers, Mark Celentano, Kevin Strom. Directed by Jeff Celentano. Screenplay, Vince Campanella.

Crew: Camera (Technicolor, widescreen), Emmanuel I. Vouniozos; editors, Douglas Crise, Ryan Folsey; music, Pinar Toprak; music supervisor, Steven Collins; production designer, Gwendolyn Witkin; set decorator, Sandra Scurria; costume designer, Mikaela Wohl. Reviewed on DVD, Los Angeles, Dec. 1, 2009. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: With: Tom Berenger, Busta Rhymes, Armand Assante, Musetta Vander, Frankie Faison, Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones, Robert Capelli Jr., Curtiss Cook, Quisha Saunders, Robert Lupone, Kenya Brome, Jim Staszkiel, Devin Ratray, Jill Nicolini, Craig "Mums" Grant, Dyron Holmes.

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