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"Breaking Point" is a dramatic tale of corruption and self-realization, in which one man has to overcome a deep seeded conspiracy and his own lingering past in order to gain the redemption he desires. 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. Against his better judgment, he takes on the case that will eventually lead him down a path that brings him face to face with his own demons. While trying to solve the case Steven teams up with an ex-athlete turned gang member, Richard "Beanz" Allen. The two develop a fast friendship. Together they seek to reveal the truth and bring about justice in the court and on the street. Steven and Allen go head to head with the murderous Bowen (Busta Rhymes), a vicious Gang leader and Steven's old drug dealer. With Allen's help, Steven discovers that there are deep connections between Bowen, himself, and a corrupt police department. Throughout his journey, Steven learns more about the truth, and about himself. Allen and Steven discover that their common mission is the pursuit of redemption.
If the opening scenes in this thriller don't grab your attention then you might not have a pulse, what an way to start off a film it is too bad the film doesn't follow up on it a much as it could have. Still this is a pretty good flick that has a decent story that keeps you entertained and wanting to find out more. With a cast like this I would call it a low budget "B" movie though the film did have a very limited theatrical run as well right before making it's DVD debut this week. Before watching this the list of cast members left me with mixed feelings on it, Tom Berenger is a actor I have always liked and he does a terrific job in the film playing his character but I wasn't sure about the rest of the cast but everyone did a great job. Busta Rhymes was fantastic playing his character, you hate this guy from the opening scenes and can't wait to see him get what is coming to him. Rhymes gives his best performance to date here. Also Sticky Fingaz was much better than I expected and I thought he did a good job playing a very important character in the film. The story seems to lose some of it's momentum as the film nears a close but I still felt this was a solid crime thriller that should appeal to all fans. If you like the genre I recommend picking this one up, it certainly kept me entertained the entire time.
Released by Lions Gate Home Entertainment
*** 1/2 Out Of *****