Now available on VOD platforms, the new action-thriller Breakdown deals with the consequences of a global pandemic, making it an extremely relevant film for today’s times. Director Thomas Haley stars as Tim Reynolds, a man who sets out to discover a cure to the mysterious plague which wiped out most of the world’s population and forced the survivors into quarantine zones. The film also stars Corey Sorenson, Brooklyn Haley, John Marrott, and Jessica Cameron.
Although Breakdown was already well into pre-production before the COVID-19 pandemic, Haley and screenwriter Dan Jagels were still surprised at how much the concept mimicked real life when COVID reached Los Angeles, where filming took place. As it was shot during the pandemic, a skeleton crew was utilised to ensure that social distancing measures could be maintained by everyone involved.
In the press release provided to Dread Central, Haley was quoted as saying the following:
“Months were spent in pre-producion planning out where the best use our resources would really make the biggest impact. Every shot was discussed with the team to make every angle look its best. When CoVid Hit Los Angeles, It was crazy. We had no idea how much reality would actually imitate art. We had a completed project centered around a virus and I thought lets get this out because people are going through very similar conflicts as Tim Reynolds (our Lead Character in Breakdown) and that relatability may help people feel less alone during this real life pandemic.”
Interestingly, Jagels was also quoted as saying that he wanted Breakdown to focus on “one man’s journey to do what’s right” in the midst of a global pandemic when he loses everything he holds dear, meaning that viewers should be in for one heck of an emotional journey.
The trailer for Breakdown, which can be viewed in the player below, almost looks like it could be from a documentary considering how closely it resembles what’s going on in the world right now. If you’d like to experience this harrowing and relevant thriller for yourself, Breakdown is now available to rent on Vimeo, and to buy on Amazon Prime.