“I wasn’t sure if the new film ‘Breaking In’ would fall in my category of ‘bad movies we love’, but I held out hope before venturing to the theater.”
The film stars Gabrielle Union (“Bring It On”) as Shaun Russell, a mother of two kids, who after learning about the death of her estranged father Isaac, heads to his home in order to list his expansive home and grounds for sale. The plot reveals Shaun grew up on the estate, but later fell out with her father due to his unscrupulous business activities. When Shaun and her two kids, Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and Glover (Seth Carr) arrive at Isaac’s house, even though the security is next to that of Ft. Knox, something seems off. Not long after the Shaun and her kids enter the house, they discover four criminals, led by a guy named Peter (Mark Furze), are inside the home. The criminals are in search of Isaac’s safe which they know to contain $4 million.
The bad guys have 90 minutes to find the safe and collect the money before the security company will contact the police. The unexpected arrival of Shaun and her kids further complicates matters, and the criminals are not happy. Of course, the bad guys use Shaun’s kids as a threat in order to force her to help them find the safe. Mother is not happy. The actions of the criminals lead Shaun to change into Wonder Woman mode, and despite taking bodily hits, rolling down a hill and falling on top of a car, she trudges on. This mother is not to be trifled with. Meanwhile, Shaun’s daughter, despite being the typical “leave me alone” teenager, steps up to the plate when the families life is at risk, and helps protect her younger brother while her mom is dealing with their rescue. The bad guys in the film are of the stereotypical variety. The bleach blonde air head, the tattooed and ruthless guy, who apparently left all sense of morality at the curb, the supposedly “intelligent” leader, and the one with glasses who has the biggest fights with Shaun.
The performances in the film are on par with the script, and Union gives it all she has without going over-the-top. Her character could have easily shouted “Jasmie bring me the axe!”, but thankfully we are spared cheeky dialogue. Despite all the intense action, the well fortified house in the film nearly overshadows the actors. Never fear, however, as Union and the bad guys provide enough melodrama to nearly bring down the walls of the house. Director James McTeigue (“The Matrix”) keeps the film moving briskly, and there is barely time to catch your breath after the film begins. There are many unbelievable moments in this film , so if you suspend your disbelief and just sit back and enjoy the intense action you may find yourself on the edge of your seat. I don’t see any reason to venture to the theater to see this film, so you can wait to view via Redbox, Netflix or HBO. After much thought, I have decided to christen “Breaking In” a “bad movie we love.”
(Rated PG-13) 2 1/2 stars