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A Broken Life (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 September 2008 (USA)
Tortured by his own mediocrity, Max decides to commit suicide and recruits his only friend Bud, a struggling filmmaker, to record his last day on earth. Bent on exacting revenge, Max tracks... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Sizemore ... Max
Corey Sevier ... Bud
Grace Kosaka ... Melinda
Ving Rhames ... Vet
Saul Rubinek ... Boss
Arcadiy Golubovich ... Sasha
Cynthia Dale ... Carla
Kris Holden-Ried ... Mikhail (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Danya Nearon ... Gang Leader
Faye Ly Faye Ly ... Jade
Nathan Carter ... Student
Cosette Derome Cosette Derome ... Catherine
Joanna Jang ... Prostitute
Stacey LaBerge Stacey LaBerge ... Woman #1
Carinne Leduc ... French tourist
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Tortured by his own mediocrity, Max decides to commit suicide and recruits his only friend Bud, a struggling filmmaker, to record his last day on earth. Bent on exacting revenge, Max tracks down and finally confronts his overbearing Boss and his ex-wife. His rage builds until his last day is turned upside down by the kindness of a young woman in a wheelchair. Just moments from his own end, Max finds hope but is it too late to fix what is broken? Written by G. Kosaka

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Max plans to fix what is broken with a single bullet...if only it were that simple.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre a Vida e a Morte See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Carla: Good luck with the suicide Max. Let me know how it turns out.
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References Run Lola Run (1998) See more »

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Solid work from Sizemore

A Broken Life stars Tom Sizemore as a hopelessly depressed dude who has the notion of killing himself, after he spends a whole day going around to visit the various people in his life, tie off loose ends, make amends and right some wrongs. It's a concept that could get silly, theatrical and self indulgent, but it's handled swimmingly enough here, mostly thanks to Sizemore's honest work that doesn't really mug for emotional payoff or squeeze pathos where there's nothing to mine. This is probably because he's usually the hoped up maniac who is putting other people in the morgue, and like I always say, casting actors against type brings out the best intuitive nature. He's also the lead, which means he gets to bring more than just a supporting dose of his power here, assisting the film greatly. He's joined by his assistant (Corey Sevier), who records the whole thing on a video camera, adding to the already indie flavor. His adventures include a visit to his old boss (Saul Rubinek) who mistreated him years earlier. Sizemore and Rubinek have faced off before in Tony Scott's True Romance, in kinetic fashion. Here they're just as electric, but reign it in a bit as the material requires, crafting one of the film's most effective scenes. Other ventures include a reunion with his estranged ex wife (Cynthia Dale), and frequent run ins with a sagely homeless man (Ving Rhames) who spouts a lot of benevolent wisdom that seems to be profound and nonsensical all at once. These type of films either work or they don't, plain and simple. They're either giant mopey ego balloons or terrific little eleventh hour character studies that come from a place of honesty. This one has a few off key notes of the former, but for the most part glides smoothly along the tracks of the latter category, thanks to Sizemore's committed performance.


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