Plot: What’s it about?
When his brother turns up missing after his first solo truck driving assignment, J.D. Dawes (Chuck Norris) is none too pleased about it. Of course, he could ask around and attempt to get answers through being polite, but that just isn’t how this bad ass works. Instead of attracting the bees with honey, he decides to kick the daylights out of all those who stand in his way, which actually seems to work very well. As he beats up more thugs and other criminals, he gets more information on what really happened to his brother, which is more complex than J.D. had planned on. It seems this situation involves a widespread vein of corruption, which happens to include a small town judge, Judge Trimmings (George Murdock). But J.D. has no plans to let the crooked judge and a team of roadside thieves stop him, as he just keeps laying the smack down as he pleases. But before he puts them into intensive care, can J.D. manage to find out where his brother is?
As you know if you read my reviews, I happen to like Chuck Norris and most of his cinematic efforts. But as is always the case, exceptions are present and this film is one of those such exceptions. Breaker! Breaker! is flat in all respects and in truth, I could find very little to like here. I cross checked with some other movie reviews and found I am not alone in my opinion, so that speaks somewhat to back me up. I wanted to like this film, as I had seen it before and disliked it, but once this disc arrived, I viewed it again and hoped for the best. But this one is a clunker any way you slice it, no real redeeming qualities I could locate. The acting is bad (even by the usual Norris movie standards), the direction is weak, and there’s minimal action. If you’re a Norris superfan or CB diehard though, give this one a rental and see what happens.
I usually like this work, but not even international action superstar Chuck Norris could save this bomb from going off. Norris gives a valiant effort at times, but without much chance to use his action skills, he ends up buried under the rest of this stinker. When he is allowed to use his martial arts, then the film picks up, but those sequences are too infrequent in the end. The film does have a lot of fights, but they’re poorly done, which is as bad as having none at all, if you ask me. If you want to see Norris under better circumstances, check out Missing In Action, The Delta Force, Sidekicks, Game of Death, A Force Of One, Code of Silence, and of course, Top Dog. The cast here also includes Terry O’Conner (Tv’s Where The Heart Is), Don Gentry (Killer Bees), Michael Augenstein, Ron Cedillos, and George Murdock (The Mack, The X-Files).
Video: How does it look?
Breaker! Breaker! is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a full frame edition included on the disc’s flip side. This is a pretty dated and grainy transfer, but it is better than previous editions and anamorphic, which counts for a lot. The print is pretty clean in terms of debris, but there’s a lot of grain present here, which we could do without. But it doesn’t detract from the image that much, it just adds to the dated overall visual impact. The colors seem on the faded side and the contrast is imbalanced at times, but this is still a more than watchable transfer. Of course, it should have been better, but it’s a little late to throw a hissy fit now, eh?
Audio: How does it sound?
Mono is mono is mono, right? Well, this track contains the usual limitations of the format, but manages to avoid the usual hiss, which is a big plus. While the music and effects seem flat, the dialogue is crisp, with no inconsistencies arising. I suppose some the action sequences could have used a boost, but no real issues to report in the end. You can also find English captions and subtitles in Spanish & French, which are nice to have on deck.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains no bonus materials.