(I) (2012)

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Metascore

Based on 11 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
In retrospect, it's preposterous. But while you're gasping for air, it's one hell of a thrill ride, like being stuck on a malfunctioning roller coaster for an hour and a half at top speed, and unable to get off.
70
It wouldn't go so far as to say it feels like you went through Jeremy's ordeal for nothing, but I did wish I had come to know as much about Dorff's character as I did about the size and shape of his nostrils.
58
Ridiculousness aside, though, Brake is reasonably impressive both as a performance piece and as an exercise in staging.
50
NPR
The ride as a whole is at the very least exciting to take part in.
40
Brake is a full-scale paranoid nightmare with back-to-back double-whammy endings.
40
Variety
Mannion's script goes a bit too far in terms of twists, capping the third-act suspense with a plot U-turn, and then another, that leaves audiences feeling played. Worse, the final development loses credibility in retrospect, reducing the film to the level of an exercise in paranoia, effects and one actor's ability to hold attention for nearly 90 minutes.
40
While we're meant to feel claustrophobic, we're not supposed to fight boredom, which kicks in quickly.
30
Village Voice
Dorff's mannered Bruce Willis affect seems as insincere as the script, which helplessly loses credibility as info accrues and the narrative unpeels.
20
Primarily a TV director, Torres lacks the chops to delineate Dorff's claustrophobic quarters, and the actor spends most of the movie confusing tough-guy stoicism with simple inertness, despite the occasional Jack Bauer–style yell.
12
Slant Magazine
Until its pair of ludicrous twist endings, which complicates its message and logistics in ways that make little sense, Gabe Torres's Brake plays like a more simplistic version of Buried tailored specifically to a hawkish right-wing crowd.

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