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Broken Life

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Neil Coombs

Tom Sizemore (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) stars as Max Walker, a suicidal man who selects an aspiring young filmmaker to record the end of his life. On the agenda for his last day on Earth: telling off his old boss, confessing some of his deepest secrets, and … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Dramas
Cast: Cynthia Dale
Director: Neil Coombs
Release Date: 2007
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Broken Life

A Broken Life - 2008

  • Aug 15, 2011
Rating:
+3
Pros: solid performances, strange story concept

Cons: none apparent

The Bottom Line:


'i hate waking_up in the mornings
just to know thay im still_alive
i wish that i could_die and get it all over_with
i just wanna break_down
and cry'
~Macey Roper



A Broken Lifeis one of those little films that go directly to  DVD.   Neil Coombs directed the film and co-wrote it with Grace Kosaka, who also appears in the film.   It was unrated, although I'd figure on a light R rating because of content, language, drinking, sexual references, and theme.   It was nominated for no awards. 

The story:
Max has reached a stage in his life where he feels so mediocre that he has no desire to continue living.    His wife has divorced him and moved on to another relationship, his job is going nowhere and he has been passed over for promotions more times than he can count.   He has no friends, no possessions, basically no reason to live.

However he doesn't want to go out without a bang ... pardon the pun.    He hires his one acquaintance, Bud, a struggling film maker, to shadow him on his last day and film it fully, culminating in his suicide.   Bud jumps at the chance at first but quickly decides it isn't something he wants to do.

Max confronts his demons, including his boss and ex-wife, as his rage over his life failures begin to compound, taking drastic turns.   A chance encounter with a homeless man helps him learn alot about himself and uncover some startling secrets.  

The actors:
Tom Sizemore brings his own life experiences forward when he takes on the role of Max.   His very appearance adds to the character, appearing worn out with life, almost exhausted at times.   His gritty voice and swagger worked perfectly in this part.   His  counterpoint, Bud, was played by Corey Sevier, who looked young and impressionable - the complete opposite of Sizemore.

Ving Rhames plays the homeless vet that haunts Max throughout the film.   Grace Kosaka held the part of the ex-prostitute that has a strange relationship with Max. 

Overall impression:
At times I didn't like the film at all and then it would grab hold and get you interested.   Certainly the concept of the film was strange and a lot of it appeared almost washed out in tone, even black and white at times.   It often looked like an old film from the 40's or so forth.  

The acting was often dramatic and over the top but it seemed to fit into the style of film being portrayed.   The individual actors brough a good deal to their parts, making them believable and realistic.   Quality of the film and sound were well done however it did lack any extras on the DVD.

thanks,
Susi

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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August 16, 2011
Hi, Susi!
August 18, 2011
hey Woo, what's up
 
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