Broken Vessels

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"Over the edge and out of control."
  • R
  • 1998
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.4  (783)

Broken Vessels is a psychological drama film released in 1998, directed by Scott Ziehl, and starring Todd Field, Jason London, and Roxana Zal in the lead roles. Tom, played by Todd Field, is a young paramedic who is trying to build a new life for himself in Los Angeles after leaving his old life in Montana. His new partner in the ambulance, Jimmy, played by Jason London, is a reckless and unpredictable guy who likes to have a good time and is not always reliable on the job. Despite their differences, they develop a strong bond that carries them through the ups and downs of their job and personal lives.

The two paramedics respond to various calls throughout the movie, each one adding a new layer to the story and the characters. They encounter drug addicts, prostitutes, homeless people, and others who are struggling to survive in the city. Their work takes a toll on their mental health, and they both struggle with addiction and depression.

As the movie progresses, we see Tom and Jimmy's relationship tested by their flaws and the consequences of their choices. One night, they transport a young woman named Rosa, played by Roxana Zal, to the hospital after she overdoses on heroin. To their surprise, Rosa turns out to be a former drug addict herself, and she offers to help them get more involved in the criminal underworld of LA. What starts as a way to make some quick cash turns into a dangerous game of Russian roulette that puts them all in danger.

The movie is not just a thriller, but a character study of the three leads. We see Tom, Jimmy, and Rosa grow and change throughout the movie as they face their demons and try to overcome their addiction and depression. Their relationship is complicated and multifaceted, and the movie explores the different aspects of it: the camaraderie, the mistrust, and the love.

The cinematography of the movie is dark and gritty, with a lot of handheld shots and close-ups that give the viewer a sense of being right there alongside the characters. The script is well-written and engaging, with realistic dialogue and believable situations. The acting is top-notch, with all three leads giving powerful performances that draw the viewer in and make them care about the characters.

Broken Vessels is not an easy movie to watch, as it deals with heavy themes like addiction, depression, and the consequences of poor choices. It is a raw and compelling drama that will leave a lasting impression on those who see it.

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    1 hr 30 min
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    6.4  (783)