(Armand Assante, Tom Berenger, Musetta Vander, Busta Rhymes, et al / DVD / R / 2010 / LGF)
Overview: Steven Luisi (Tom Berenger), a once prominent criminal defense attorney is attempting to come back to the profession after a struggle with drug addiction and a family tragedy. Steven stumbles into a complex, high profile murder case. While trying to solve the case Steven teams up with an ex-athlete turned gang member, Richard "Beanz" Allen ( “Sticky Fingaz” Jones).
DVD Verdict: This movie is actually better than I initially gave it credit for - judging a book by its cover, so to speak! Busta Rhymes is powerful and scary in his undertaken role as Bowen (a vicious Gang leader and drug dealer), and the direction, the photography and the other main actors (including the always up for it Tom Berenger) are intense and gritty too.
The movie is directed by Jeff Celentano ('Primary Suspect') and actually managed a limited theatrical run back in early December '09. 'Breaking Point' features some (overly) fancy framing and arty points of view, and that works sometimes, but you question them come the halfway mark of the film.
With a script by Vince Campanella, drawing on his experiences as a trial lawyer, 'Breaking Point' seems to have been sitting around too long as a script, whilst the rest of the world got on with business. And yes, for those who will watch it with teenagers and such, please be aware there are scenes of Crack smoking, throat slitting, and even (I kid you not) infant hurling! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with director Jeff Celentano and actor Busta Rhymes
Behind-The-Scenes Featurette - with Busta Rhymes and Sticky Fingaz
Deleted Scene #1
Deleted Scene #2