Obviously made on the cheap, MAXIMUM BREAKOUT teases with the promise of sleaze and sadism, but never delivers the goods.
Vacationing lovers Travis (Bobby Johnston) and Bobbi (Sydney Coale Phillips) encounter a nightmare on a lonely country road: two strangers lure them from their car, abduct Bobbi and beat Travis brutally. Six months pass; though Bobbi's family is wealthy, there's no ransom demand, and the
police--even Travis's boss, Detective Wyatt (Merl Waters)--have all but given up. Only Travis, encouraged by Bobbi's best friend Debbie (Carrie Murray), continues to search.
Travis teams up with Debbie's brother Reb (Eddie Hopper), who assembles a posse to rescue Bobbi. The rest of the team consists of the Professor (Martin L. Keegan), a computer nerd who likes to blow things up; Loch (Tom Blanton), a gun-crazy nut case; and stuntman Sue (Steve Rally)--short for
"suicide." Together they track Bobbi to an isolated ranch where blond, blue-eyed women are forced to bear children who are brokered to desperate couples by the sleazy Frank (Stephen Bohrer) and his boss, an icy bitch with a syrupy Southern accent.
With the help of a local cowboy, the team shoots its way into the baby ranch, killing the guards and rescuing the imprisoned women. To their horror, they discover that the woman behind this vicious racket is Debbie, who had Bobbi abducted so she could seduce Travis. Detective Wyatt appears
fortuitously and kills her, then is in turn murdered by Frank. The wounded Loch shoots Frank and dies. Travis and Bobbi drive off together, leaving Reb with the body of his sister.
Though nominally an action adventure film, the generically titled MAXIMUM BREAKOUT contains little action, and punctuates what there is with long stretches of wooden dialogue meant to establish and explore the relationships between the barely differentiated characters. Photographed and edited in a
flat, expedient style and lacking the verve, viciousness or sheer delight in luridness that might lift it above its limitations, MAXIMUM BREAKOUT is low budget filmmaking at its least interesting. (Violence, nudity, sexual situations.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: NR
- Review: Obviously made on the cheap, MAXIMUM BREAKOUT teases with the promise of sleaze and sadism, but never delivers the goods. Vacationing lovers Travis (Bobby Johnston) and Bobbi (Sydney Coale Phillips) encounter a nightmare on a lonely country road: two stra… (more)