USA (2002): Action
Also known as: Breakaway
Filmed on location: Canada
First airing: December 1, 2002 on TBS
Jay Rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
Release date on DVD: January 27, 2003
87 min, Color
Director: Charles Robert Carner
Dean Cain (as Lt. Cornelius Morgan), Erika Eleniak (as Cat), Roman Podhora (as Rich), Richard Yearwood (as Kid Blast), Bernard Browne (as Wayne Uglesich), Santino Buda (as Simulus), Aleks Paunovic (as Petrovich), Angelo Tsarouchas (as Joyner), Eric Roberts (as Scalzetti), Jack Wallace (as Santa), Larry Mannell (as Eric Norman), Chris Benson (as Al Quigley), Rothaford Gray (as Rashid Buckley), Sarah Deakins (as Auror's Mom), Jessica Smith (as Aurora)
On the busiest shopping day of the year, one of the largest malls in America teems with festive shoppers. Children grin, wide-eyed, as they sit on Santa's lap, confessing their yuletide wishes. A young couple walks hand-in-hand, preparing to celebrate their first holiday season together. Bells ring, carolers sing. Everywhere you look, people are celebrating the season of joy and giving. But for police officer Cornelius Morgan, it's starting to look like a very blue Christmas. Recently suspended from duty for his involvement in a shootout that took innocent lives, the former Lieutenant Morgan is out of work, out of money, and out of luck.
Coming to visit his wife, who works at this mega-mall, Morgan expects a Christmas that's anything other than merry. What he doesn't expect is to be caught in the middle of one of the biggest holiday heists in history. A supposedly reformed criminal and his gang of ruthless thugs have taken over the mall, hoping to bring in big profits on the busiest shopping day of the year. They've taken shoppers and employees hostage, and have managed to beat the mall's own security. The only thing that stands in the way of their big score is one unlucky officer. Morgan has taken their loot and is on the run, frantically searching for a way to beat a small army of criminals while ensuring that no more innocent blood is spilled.
The plot thickens when the criminal mastermind turns out to be a man who was put away by Morgan years ago. When he discovers that Morgan's wife is one of his hostages, this desperate man decides to turn the tables on the resourceful former cop. Unless Morgan can figure out how to win this violent game, his blue Christmas may soon run blood red.