"I have a bomb."
So begins the trailer for Breaking, but it's not where the true story of Lance Cpl. Brian Brown-Easley starts. John Boyega plays the Marine Veteran in the movie, who was honorably discharged after serving in Iraq. Struggling with his transition back to civilian life after and denied support from Veterans Affairs, he takes a bank hostage, allowing everyone but two employees (Nicole Beharie and Selenis Leyva) to leave. He has no intention of robbing the bank, he tells the police. He just wants the $892 owed to him by the VA. (The movie was formerly titled 892.)
"I need everybody to see what's happening here. I need the fire trucks, I need the news cameras," Boyega's Brian says in the trailer. "What do I need to do to get the attention that I need right now?!"
The film also stars Connie Britton, Olivia Washington and the late Michael K. Williams in his final film role. When the movie premiered during this year's Sundance Film Festival, it won the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast (U.S. Dramatic Competition). Abi Damaris Corbin directs from a screenplay she wrote with Kwame Kwei-Armah.
Breaking opens in theaters on Aug. 26. Watch the trailer below.