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Break Even (2020)

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Four adventurous friends find 50M in cash at a remote island only to discover it was left by the DEA for the Cartel in a rogue deal.


Shane Stanley


CJ Walley





Credited cast:
Joanna Pacula ... Agent Crowe
Steve Guttenberg ... Lance
Tasya Teles ... Jaq Varick
James Callis ... Zalman
Joseph D. Reitman ... Lt. Mitgang
Ivan Sergei ... Agent Leaman
Mary Mara ... Molly
Arienne Mandi ... Maddy
Brent Bailey ... Sebastian
Alisa Reyes ... Rosie
Klea Scott ... Mrs. Mortem
Bruno Amato ... Zalman's driver
Mo Gallini ... Carlos
Leah Ann Cevoli ... Mary Jo
Paul Haapaniemi ... Hipster


Four adventurous friends find 50M in cash at a remote island only to discover it was left by the DEA for the Cartel in a rogue deal.

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The song, "We Cry", which is written and performed by Robbie Rist was first heard by Shane Stanley in 1993 when the two were performing in different bands at the world-famous Roxy Theater. Break Even (2020)'s composer Tommy Fields was the singer in Shane's band at the time. Rist additionally performed as an actor in Stanley's The Untold Story (2019). See more »


The 4 runners depart with the money from the stolen boat and truck and transfer to a beat-up suburban while wearing only shorts and t-shirts and bathing suits. There was no time to grab any additional clothes. However when they are at the campground, they are now wearing sweaters and hoodies and leather jackets and jeans and boots.

They had no additional bags of clothes and made no stops to shop for clothing. They should still be wearing the clothes that they were wearing on the sailboat. See more »

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Ultimately a shallow movie experience...
6 December 2020 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Right, well "Break Even" from writer CJ Walley and director Shane Stanley is not a movie that will redefine cinema history. As a matter of fact, chances are that the movie will fade into oblivion just as quietly and unnoticed as it managed to pop up in 2020.

Sure, the movie was watchable, although it was hardly an impressive movie in terms of entertainment and story. However, the movie was just suffering terribly from having a very generic and mundane storyline that was just almost fully devoid of innovation. So it felt like director Shane Stanley was just running the movie on auto-pilot.

And the lack of a proper storyline with a great arch and hooks to sink in the audience, the movie just trotted onwards in a very mediocre and pointless pace. I swear, it was hard to keep 100% focus on the movie, as so little of any interest actually happened throughout the course of the movie.

The acting in "Break Even" was adequate, though the actors and actresses were virtually struggling with an empty storyline and flaccid characters that essentially could have all been one and the same.

I am sure that there is an audience out there for a movie such as "Break Even", I was however not really in the target audience. So "Break Even" was a swing and a miss from director Shane Stanley.

My rating of "Break Even" lands on a generous three out of ten stars. I was not entertained by what transpired on the screen, and this is hardly a movie that I will recommend that you spend your money, time or effort on. Nor is it a movie that I will be return to watch a second time.

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