Breakout opens with slow-motion gunshot wounds and, during the film's climactic action sequence, ends with this...which looks even gorier on this new, highly vivid Blu-ray presentation.
As a Friedkin fan, I was interested in this film the moment I first read about its impending theatrical release in late ’87. I bought the Ennio Morricone soundtrack on LP, the William P. Wood novel upon which the film was based, even going so far as to buy a $20 copy of Friedkin’s shooting script.
On the positive side, the movie had some exciting stunts involving automobiles and fire. On the negative side, I didn't really care about any of the characters, since they were thinly written and/or poorly cast.
When I read a recent article about the Palm Beach Riot of 1986, Ebert's snarky put-down of Fraternity Vacation immediately sprung to mind.
I firmly believe the film's impact has been unnecessarily diminished by its revisionist lack of color.
For the sake of comparison, I revisited Full Metal Jacket to see if that film's soldiers practiced the same firearms safety. In a word-- Nope.
"But it's not funny to hit people", the kid who laughs at Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fight scenes kept telling me.