Breaking In


Directed By: James McTeigue
Starring: Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus, Levi Meaden, Seth Carr, et. al.
Rating: PG-13
Grade: C+

After her father is murdered in broad daylight, Shaun Russell brings her children to the house she grew up in so she can finish packing his personal belongings and ready the house for sale. What she doesn’t realize is that her father’s murder was orchestrated so that a group of thieves could break into the house and steal $4 million Shaun’s father was keeping in a safe somewhere in the house. When her children are taken hostage by the thieves and used as leverage to get the location of the safe, Shaun goes on the offensive and does whatever she can to take out the intruders and rescue her children, hoping to stall them long enough that the security company will contact the police and report an issue.

This somewhat unfortunate, cookie-cutter thriller makes the best of what few assets is has, namely Gabrielle Union and Billy Burke. Union’s steely, mamma-bear determination seems to be a decent fit for the actress, and Burke seems to be thoroughly enjoying playing the cold, calculating sociopath. Their respective performances are almost enough to let one overlook some of the gaping plot holes peppered throughout the film, the largest of which is the general timing of the movie. They don’t specify how long after her father’s death that Shaun is selling the house, which doesn’t explain why the thieves waited so long to break into the house to look for the money. Of course, the simplest explanation is that there wouldn’t be a movie then, but it still somewhat irks me.

What few special effects used in the movie were decent, and the background filler isn’t noticeable.

While not great, the movie is easily watchable. The oversimplified plot lends towards casual watching without missing much in terms of story. As stated before, Union and Burke are the bright spots, taking their roles and running wild with them. This also manages to create a movie that can be watched more than once for when you’re bored and just want something on in the background as noise.

Breaking In is currently only available free to stream if you have HBO, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.

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