Spencer Pryde (Sam Gittins) is a promising snooker player caught up in London's gang culture of drugs and knife crime. Estranged from his father (Luke Mably) who is serving a lengthy prison sentence, Spencer lives on a rough estate with his mother Cathy (Terri Dwyer) and spends his time hanging out at the local snooker hall owned by retired gangland figure Ray (Rutger Hauer). Spencer seems destined to follow in his father's footsteps until a seemingly 'chance encounter' with a stranger named Vincent Qiang (David Yip) presents him with an opportunity to play in a prestigious tournament in Beijing. But when Spencer learns that his father has been pulling the strings and is working with Qiang, he rails against their attempts to help him. Then an insurmountable debt to Ray leaves Spencer with a dilemma, stay and face the music or use the talent he has been blessed with and make a break for a better life.
Competently made but ultimately unconvincing trudge
- Break review by AER
This film revolves around the conceit that if you have enough talent people will just give you opportunities even if you are a bit of a no-hoper. Supporting characters literally bend over backwards to help the main guy in this film achieve his long-lost dream of being a snooker pro. In terms soapy, melodramatic and cliched, fans of predictable films will love seeing something they've seen 500 times before. The acting is OK, but ultimately, Break is too boring and ordinary to convince - and the main character won't impress anybody unless they to think that the keys to the kingdom should be handed to them on a plate. Dull.
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