Break is a 'rags to riches', feel good story. The film follows the exploits of Spencer Pryde (Sam Gittins), a gifted, inner-city kid, wasting his talents on petty crime. After witnessing the brutal murder of his pal Denis and finding himself in debt to a drug dealing thug named Ginger, it seems Spencer's life is spiraling out of control, until one day, a chance encounter with a Chinese stranger and former eight-ball pool champion named Vincent Quiang (David Yip) presents him with an opportunity to turn his life around. But in order to make a new life for himself, Spencer will first need to break away from peer pressure of his friends, his environment and all the negative influences of his current life.
I don't understand why the rating on this film is so low. I found the film an excellent, heartwarming little story, particularly in showing that young people can realise their dreams. I've been a lifelong sports fan, especially cue sports, going back to the days of Pot Black and the first World Final I ever watched when Terry Griffiths beat Dennis Taylor.
So sad to see that this was Rutger Hauers's last film but he played his character brilliantly.
And Ken Doherty can act! Who knew? :)
Definitely worth the watch.
Reviewed by nogodnomasters5 / 10
It is called snooker
The film is based on the premise that everyone in the world is the best at something and for most of us we don't know what it is or have not been able to develop it. Spencer Pryde (Sam Gittins ) is one such person. He is a London young adult on a road to nowhere hanging out with his buds and being involved to petty crimes. Spencer is good at snooker and is offered an opportunity to play in the world championship under the coaching of professional Vincent Qiang (David Yip).
The film is not about winning and losing a game of snooker, but winning and losing in life based on choices we make as teens. No swagger. No music montage training piece.
Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.
Reviewed by cgvsluis3 / 10
Snooker is a gentleman's game, this movie is probably not.
Low grade British film about an impoverished kid from an impoverished neighborhood whose dying father makes a last ditch effort when he gets out of jail to get his son a chance at a Snooker tournament in Hong Kong that will turn his life around. The kid is a small time criminal, wasting his life on drugs and petty crime hanging with his friends...but amazingly has shown a gift for Snooker.
I wish they showed more of the game of Snooker and explained the rules a little, but I guess they figure that is what the internet is for.
The cast was appropriate and well acted, but there were a lot of trite stereotypes...like getting the girl and the bad guy getting taken out.
I would probably give this movie a pass...although I don't have an alternative snooker movie to recommend...there are several pool movies The Hustler (Paul Newman), Stickmen (New Zealand), The Color of Money (Paul Newman).
However, this is the Dutch actor, Rutger Hauer's last film...so if you would like to see him and don't just want to rewatch Bladerunner, Ladyhawke or The Heineken Kidnapping this is the film for you. ...And to Anne Rice fans: He really would have made a much better vampire than the actor who got the role.