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directed by Bob Schultz, Robert Conway
USA 2017

 

Traveling to the city to meet up with her on-and-off boyfriend, Kirby (Whitney Moore, BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR) breaks down in the middle of the desert. The soothing British voice on her SUV's navigational system belonging to Max (Stephen Tyler Howell) promises a tow truck that never comes. The next morning, however, he more urgently warns her that she is safer insider her tank-like vehicle than setting off on foot; and she discovers why when masses of the living dead start dragging themselves down the road. With Max as her only source of comfort and guidance - after a butt-dialed bit of poetic justice meted out to her cheating boyfriend - Kirby braves a band of looting bikers (who feed on the zombies since actually getting bitten is the only way to get infected) and an unhinged professor turned derelict who uses the zombies as carthorses to get to civilization and find her way to Max. Despite unnecessary efforts to open the film up with frenetic montages of zombie killing and cutaways to comic book-styled artwork representations of the action, BREAKDOWN LANE is more than watchable thanks to lead Moore who seems as though she will be as annoying as her character when she pulls a lip-biting frowny face at a state trooper who pulls her over but invests a degree of humanity and humor into an otherwise flatly-written genre asskicking heroine. The story might have been better off maintaining its intimate tone by exploring the developing relationship between Kirby and the voice of Max in more depth but the final result merely gets the job done as far as horror film festival/direct-to-DVD zombie film fare.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 5 January 2017 (USA)

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DVD Review: Breaking Glass Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC

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Breaking Glass Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:16:15
Video

2.29:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.29:1

Edition Details:
� Behind the Scenes (16:9; 9:34)
� Trailer (16:9; 1:42)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: May 16th, 2017
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments

An HD production shot on what looks like one of the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, BREAKDOWN LANE looks pretty respectable as far as low-to-no-budget indie zombie films go in Breaking Glass' progressive, anamorphic encode. The night-for-night scenes can be murky but may have also been additionally darkened as part of the aggressive color grading, sometimes obliterating shadow detail during "magic hour" shots. The scope framing seems overmatted but that may just be "edgy" framing (a bit where the title of a book read by the heroine is cropped by the lower matte seems unintentional but the reveal of the title as she briefly lifts it into frame seems like an intentional comic bit). The English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is fairly restrained but occasionally gives way to hard rock interludes. English Closed Captions are also included. The sole extra is a behind the scenes featurette which is actually a montage of footage rather than a documentary or interview.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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