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First Trailer for ‘Breaking’ Promises an Awards-Worthy Performance from John Boyega

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The first trailer for Breaking has been released online. Directed by Abi Damaris Corbin and written by Corbin and Kwame Kwei-Armah, the film stars John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Connie Britton, Olivia Washington, Selena Levya, and Michael K. Williams in one of his final film roles.

The plot synopsis reads: “When Marine Veteran Brian Brown-Easley is denied support from Veterans Affairs, financially desperate and running out of options, he takes a bank and several of its employees hostage, setting the stage for a tense confrontation with the police.”

Our editor-in-chief Joey Magidson saw the movie at Sundance, when it was titled 892, and said that “John Boyega has never been better […] Boyega makes Brian deeply troubled and clumsy, but also incredibly decent. Seeing a hostage taker apologizing to his hostages could easily not work on screen. He makes it heartbreaking. As for Williams, his empathy here is off the charts. It’s a small turn, but one that leaves a big mark.” You can read his full review of the movie here.

A first poster was also released in anticipation for the movie’s release, which you can look at below:

You can watch the trailer below and see the movie in theatres on August 26th:


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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