TIFF 2013: Violent First Trailer for Russian Crime Thriller BREAK LOOSE (Now With English Subs)

Ryland Aldrich, Festivals Editor



It's Russian government billy clubs-a-plenty in the first trailer for the latest from The Edge director Alexey Uchitel.

From its opening scene featuring a gritty, take-no-prisoners gang brawl inside a hot and sweaty Russian nightclub, Alexey Uchitel's new crime drama explodes onto the screen. Breathlessly paced, Break Loose hurtles us into a violent rivalry between two groups of street thugs, and offers a classic story of love and camaraderie in a dangerous milieu.

Herman, Lykov, Shorokh, and Grekh are the best of friends. Having each done their service in the army, they now serve as operatives in OMON, the Russian special police force. By night, they troll the crime-ridden streets, looking for whatever excitement is to be had. When a simple misunderstanding with the local mafia escalates into a bigger conflict, the friends prepare for war. To exacerbate matters, Herman has fallen in love with the mob boss's girl, Aglaya. He dreams of running away with her and starting a better life -- but fears what would no doubt mean drastic consequences for his companions.

Break Loose will make its world premiere on Saturday, Septembet 7 at the Toronto International Film Fest.

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