Directed by James Rowe, Breakwater is perhaps one of the most confusing films you will ever watch. Alongside the cast, the story drastically disappoints with each plot point, and finally, when reaching the climax, the character’s intentions are so contradictory in nature that the audience struggles to grasp where the story leads. Even with Dermot Mulroney, the cast largely fails to invest enough effort into performances. Whether it’s the revenge or the romance, everything in this film feels forced, as no character is given the opportunity to build a genuine bond between them. So, overall, if you wish to preserve your holiday spirit, consider reading the plot summary here and moving on. Spoilers Ahead!

Breakwater (2023) Plot Summary & Movie Synopsis:

The story begins with a shipwreck from hundreds of years, suddenly popping up in the middle of the sea out of nowhere. Later, we see Ray Childress and Dovey talking to each other in a prison. Both of them are individuals with felony convictions. However, Dovey has almost finished his sentence, and before going back to his regular life, Ray shows him something interesting. He shows him a paper cut of the news about the shipwreck. Moreover, he points at a woman in the picture. He says that she is his daughter, Marina, and he wants Dovey to look out for her.

Throughout his time in jail, Ray has looked after Dovey like his own son. So, when Ray comes up with such a request, Dovey can not deny but promise him that he will let him know whether she is happy or not. Ray also tells him that Dovey must not tell her about him. All he wants is to know that his daughter is living a happy life. Dovey agrees to do so and he leaves the prison with a task in his hand.

What does Dovey come to know when he meets Marina?

Dovey comes back to his home and starts helping his father with his fishing business. He has been a sailor throughout his life and now he goes in search of Marina, Ray’s daughter. In a local cafe, Dovey learns that the image of the girl is of Eve’s, not Marina’s and she lives in a town called Pinecraft. After arriving in Pinecraft, Dovey soon locates Eve. Together they visit the shipwreck in the middle of the sea. In the meantime, Eve suddenly loses the bracelet that was given to her by her father. Eve’s face looked very disappointed as she lost the bracelet.

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However, Dovey jumps into the sea and recovers the bracelet. This act of bravery somehow ignites a romantic relationship between Eve and Dovey. By this time, Dovey has already called Ray in prison, letting him know that Marina has changed her name to Eve and is living happily. The following morning, after spending the night together, Dovey comes to know that Eve’s father is already dead. This confuses Dovey as he thinks for the first time that Ray may have fooled him. However, the reason is not clear to him.

How does Ray manage to escape Prison?

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Ray has found one of the prisoners to help him with the escape. The prisoner stabs him with a knife, making it look like Ray needs serious attention. So, the police carried him in the ambulance. However, one of the officers later found that the knife was fake. In the meantime, Ray grabs a pistol from an officer and shoots him in the belly. He then escapes the ambulance, taking shelter in an old woman’s house. He shaves off his beard and calls Dovey, letting him know that he has escaped prison.

Dovey, on the other hand, thinks that Ray’s escape may hint that he is involved in this. But his instinct also tells him that Ray is coming to Pinecraft in search of Eve. Dovey goes back to warn Eve about the situation. Eve had no idea about Dovey’s connection with Ray. She is mostly hurt rather than surprised. However, she tells Dovey that Ray is coming after her because he wants to kill her.

What is the connection between Ray and Eve?

The relationship between Ray and Eve goes a long way back to when Eve’s father died, and she met Ray back in the day. Being a con man, Eve’s mother is a very easy target for him. Soon, he gains the trust and starts managing a bowling alley that is owned by Eve’s mother. Later, he visits Eve’s workplace – the gift shop at the state park where a big Civil War battle had been fought. Ray finds an opportunity there with all those historic coins and weapons above the battle diorama.

Now, Ray, coupled with Eve, decides to loot the park. But later, Eve gives up Ray to the police as she is worried about her child. She knows that Ray can never be trusted, so before he can betray them, she informs the police about the loot. From that time onward, Eve is running away from the police, changing her name from Marina to Eve, protecting her daughter from Ray. She has kept Ray’s half of the loot in a secure place, and now Ray has come to collect his loot. Whether he will take revenge on Eve is a question that brings us to the film’s ending.

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Is Dovey able to save Eve from Ray?

Upon his arrival to Pinecraft, the first thing Ray does is kidnap Eve’s daughter and ask Dovey to meet him in the church. Ray even gives a tip to the police, and when Dovey is done meeting with Ray, they catch him outside the church. Dovey explains everything to his parole officer, and knowing what Ray is capable of, she somehow wants to believe in Dovey’s story. Dovey has given enough evidence to the police that they are able to track Ray in Pinecraft.

However, Dovey somehow feels that he needs to save Eve. So, he decides to run away and reaches Eve’s boat. By this time, he understands that the other half of the loot is kept near the shipwreck. While Ray is about to harm Eve, Dovey comes from behind and attacks him. In the meantime, Eve brings a sharp tool and puts it through Ray’s chest. Dovey grabs Ray and pushes him into the sea. Fortunately, Dovey survives the fight while Ray is lost in the sea. Dovey asks Eve to leave with her daughter while he distracts the police.

Are Eve and her daughter dead?

After a while, when Dovey comes out of prison, his parole officer tells him that they found Eve’s boat near Cumberland Island, Georgia. Dovey goes back to his father, helping him in his fishing business. There is no strong evidence of Eve and her daughter being alive, as one hurricane is enough to turn her boat upside down. But Dovey holds onto the bracelet that Eve threw at him the last time they met. Somehow, he believes that Eve has successfully managed to escape with the other half of the loot. Well, we can never know what actually happened to Eve and her daughter. There is no clear indication of whether they are alive or dead.

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The Cast of Breakwater (2023) Movie: Dermot Mulroney, Mena Suvari, and Celia Ross Gooding
Breakwater (2023) Movie Genre: Mystery & thriller, Runtime: 1h 37m
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