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At his breaking point, Bo Svenson pushes John Colicos to the limit
The IMDb rating of 5.5 is about right for "Breaking Point" (1976), indicating a watchable film that's somewhat below par because it has some flaws. I round it to 6 in this case. I enjoy seeing Bo Svenson go "off" and take matters into his own ex-Marine hands after his sister's boy friend is murdered on the orders of mob figure John Colicos. Colicos is a Philadelphia businessman, a builder and developer, who is connected. He's told to lay off Bo who has been a witness against two of his men who were convicted, but he doesn't want to lose face and he refuses. He has his men hunt down Bo and his family after they've been relocated to Toronto. Quite coolly, Bo turns the tables and systematically begins a program of divide and conquer.
This picture is a 70s style noir, the basic plot being a family in distress and revenge. Robert Culp is a more or less helpless cop; his role is pretty thin and thankless. The action scenes have some hitches in places. I didn't think the movie dragged. It built up to the inevitable fighting back efforts of Svenson quite nicely. I'm not as down on the movie as most of the external critics and user reviews here. I see these 70s movies as making a transition to the even more graphic and dark movies in subsequent decades. This is seen here in some brief use of four-letter words, a brutal killing or two, a fiery attempted murder, and brief nudity. It's seen here in the idea of the uselessness of the police, the same idea as in "Death Wish", but the plot here is very different. Svenson makes a good masculine screen hero. This is the kind of film where you root for the good guys to deal with the bad guys. Colicos can project evil.
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