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i_PP
must_MD
say_VB
from_IN
the_DT
outset_NN
that_CS
i_PP
have_HV
never_RB
been_BEN
much_DT
of_IN
a_DT
kurt_NP
russell_NP
fan_NN
._.
i've_???
seen_VBN
some_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
films_NNS
(_(
silkwood_NP
,_,
backdraft_NN
,_,
unlawful_JJ
entry_NN
)_)
and_CC
while_CS
he_PP
gave_VBD
adequate_JJ
performances_NNS
,_,
i_PP
have_HV
never_RB
been_BEN
impressed_VBN
with_IN
his_PP$
work_NN
._.
breakdown_NN
,_,
then_RB
,_,
is_BEZ
something_PN
of_IN
a_DT
surprise_NN
._.
russell_NP
gives_VBZ
a_DT
fine_JJ
performance_NN
,_,
as_CS
do_DO
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
,_,
one_CD
that_DT
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
upstaged_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
action_NN
orchestrated_VBN
in_IN
the_DT
second_NN
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
to_IN
say_NN
that_CS
he_PP
holds_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
together_RB
would_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
completely_RB
true_JJ
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
does_DOZ
it_NN
no_NN
harm_NN
._.
russell_NP
plays_VBZ
jeff_NP
,_,
one_CD
half_NN
of_IN
a_DT
married_JJ
couple_NN
travelling_VBG
with_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
amy_NP
(_(
kathleen_NP
quinlan_NP
)_)
cross_NN
country_NN
to_IN
san_NP
diego_NP
to_IN
start_NN
a_DT
new_JJ
job_NN
and_CC
a_DT
new_JJ
life_NN
._.
while_CS
journeying_VBG
through_IN
the_DT
desert_NN
their_PP$
car_NN
breaks_NNS
down_IN
and_CC
,_,
left_VBN
helpless_JJ
and_CC
stranded_JJ
,_,
jeff_NP
waves_NNS
down_IN
a_DT
passing_NN
truck_NN
driver_NN
(_(
j_NN
._.
t_NN
._.
walsh_NP
)_(
who_WP
offers_NNS
to_TO
take_VB
them_PP
to_IN
a_DT
nearby_JJ
diner_NN
to_IN
call_NN
for_IN
a_DT
tow_NN
truck_NN
._.
because_CS
of_IN
a_DT
nasty_JJ
incident_NN
earlier_RBR
with_IN
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
ruffians_NNS
,_,
jeff_NP
decides_VBZ
to_IN
stay_NN
with_IN
the_DT
car_NN
while_CS
amy_NP
gets_VBZ
help_NN
._.
that_CS
,_,
it_PP
seems_VBZ
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
last_OD
time_NN
jeff_NP
(_(
or_CC
anyone_PN
else_RB
)_)
sees_VBZ
her_PP$
._.
breakdown_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
compared_VBN
to_IN
several_DT
movies_NNS
:_:
george_NP
sluizer_NN
's_POS
the_DT
vanishing_JJ
(_(
the_DT
original_JJ
,_,
hopefully_RB
,_,
not_XNOT
his_PP$
appalling_JJ
hollywood_NP
remake_VB
)_(
,_,
steven_NP
spielberg_NP
's_POS
duel_NN
and_CC
any_DT
number_NN
of_IN
hitchcock_NP
films_NNS
._.
as_CS
with_IN
these_DT
,_,
breakdown_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
,_,
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
stray_JJ
down_IN
the_DT
conventional_JJ
path_NN
of_IN
the_DT
american_JJ
action-thriller_NN
._.
jeff_NP
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
become_VB
a_DT
gun-toting_NN
vigilante_NN
on_IN
the_DT
hunt_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
wife_NN
,_,
but_CC
instead_RB
becomes_VBZ
a_DT
scared_JJ
,_,
confused_JJ
everyman_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
no_DT
idea_NN
what_WDT
the_DT
hell_NN
is_BEZ
going_VBG
on_IN
._.
when_CS
we_PP
do_DO
find_VB
out_RP
what_WDT
has_HVZ
happened_VBN
to_IN
amy_NP
,_,
it_PP
does_DOZ
come_VB
as_CS
a_DT
slight_JJ
disappointment_NN
,_,
if_CS
only_RB
because_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
too_RB
early_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
;_;
i_PP
for_CS
one_CD
could_MD
have_HV
done_DON
with_IN
an_DT
extra_JJ
twenty_CD
minutes_NNS
or_CC
so_RB
of_IN
mystery_NN
and_CC
bewilderment_NN
,_,
but_CC
this_DT
affects_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
little_JJ
._.
russell_NP
,_,
as_CS
mentioned_VBN
earlier_RBR
,_,
is_BEZ
very_RB
good_JJ
in_IN
his_PP$
role_NN
,_,
and_CC
kathleen_NP
quinlan_NP
is_BEZ
nowhere_RB
near_IN
as_CS
annoying_VBG
as_IN
she_PP
was_BEDZ
in_IN
apollo_NP
13_CD
._.
j_NN
._.
t_NN
._.
walsh_NP
,_,
as_CS
the_DT
possibly_RB
evil_JJ
truck_NN
driver_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
terrific_JJ
;_;
he_PP
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
of_IN
the_DT
fine_JJ
batch_NN
of_IN
character_NN
actors_NNS
hollywood_NP
doesn't_DOZ
seem_VB
to_TO
know_VB
what_WDT
to_TO
do_DO
with_IN
,_,
but_CC
director_NN
jonathan_NP
mostow_NP
is_BEZ
on_IN
the_DT
right_NN
track_NN
here_RB
._.
the_DT
reason_NN
he_PP
makes_VBZ
such_DT
a_DT
great_JJ
villain_NN
is_BEZ
that_CS
he_PP
actually_RB
looks_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
real_JJ
person_NN
,_,
one_CD
anyone_PN
would_MD
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
trust_VB
,_,
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
the_DT
plot_NN
that_CS
much_DT
more_DT
believable_JJ
._.
breakdown_NN
is_BEZ
what_WDT
hollywood_NP
doesn't_DOZ
make_VB
enough_RB
of_IN
,_,
a_DT
great_JJ
thriller_NN
with_IN
believable_JJ
characters_NNS
and_CC
scenes_NNS
that_CS
do_DO
,_,
indeed_RB
,_,
have_HV
viewers_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
edge_NN
of_IN
their_PP$
seats_NNS
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
genuinely_RB
exciting_JJ
films_NNS
i've_???
seen_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
long_JJ
time_NN
._.