Combustible Celluloid
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With: Todd Field, Jason London, Roxana Zal, Susan Traylor, James Hong, Patrick Cranshaw, Brent David Fraser, Stephanie Feury, Dave Neilson, William Smith, Charley Spradling London, Ashlie Rhey, Rodrigo Castillo, David Baer, Al Israel
Written by: David Baer, John McMahon, Scott Ziehl
Directed by: Scott Ziehl
MPAA Rating: R for strong and continuous drug use, language, sexuality and violence
Running Time: 91
Date: 04/18/1998

Broken Vessels (1999)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Move Through the Room Like Ambulance Drivers

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Directed by Scott Ziehl, this movie starts out promisingly, telling the story of a pair of ambulance drivers, greenhorn Tom (Jason London), and reckless and experienced Jimmy (Todd Field from Eyes Wide Shut). Tom gets into the swing of things fast enough and soon both men are shooting, snorting, and smoking all kinds of drugs. Broken Vessels is competently made but it tells the same old story of drug addiction that Trainspotting (1996) told much better. Still, the characters are vividly painted and Broken Vessels holds our interest.

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