Warning: Preserve your cash. This is not a popcorn worthy film.
There isn’t anything extraordinary or unexplored in the stunts/twists in Breaking In. The only spice that this movie attempts to showcase is its lead character; Gabrielle Union. Breaking In is a cool movie, forgettable but good enough especially if you are buying tickets just to see Gabrielle Union’s 2018 movie debut.
The 88 minutes long screenplay tells the tale of Shaun Russel ( Gabrielle Union), a mom who risks her life countless times through the course of the movie, to rescue her kids from armed robbers who lay siege on her newly inherited property.
Prior to his death, Russel’s father, a crafty criminal, had left some life-changing dollar bills in a safe in his mansion which boasts of a state of the art security system. The robbers are out for the cash and would stop at nothing to get into the safe.
The entirety of Breaking In hinges on these lines by Eddie (Billy Burke), the leader of the four-man gang:
“You are a woman, alone, at the mercy of strangers. Your greatest weakness is in here”
Shaun Russel goes through the movie proving that she isn’t just a woman but a mother with a superhero cape. Russel pulls very imaginable stunts ranging from stabbing and gagging one of the robbers to climbing rooftops and threatening to light up a bag full of cash. The stunts are enough to convince the audience that truly, no one knows what she is capable of when it concerns her children.
Evidently, a lot of work was put into Russel’s character. The screenwriter (Ryan Engle) created a rounded character whose vulnerability and strength is juxtaposed to the entertainment of Breaking In ‘s viewers.
The story appeared to have focused too much on attempting to celebrate super-hero-like moms that it ended up magnifying the character leaving a good number of its audience to snap out of the cinematic world in time to ask some darning questions.
For one, how on earth could a highly secured house have its security systems disabled without the police getting a notification? What kind of mom would take her precious teenage son and daughter to a house where she felt unsafe in as a child? The conspicuous absence of Mr. Russel (Jason George) also leaves for questioning, Engle’s motive. Although the script drags him in, he arrives after the climax. A stunt that further convinces whoever cares to know that his character is that of convenience than of any real benefit to the story.
The dialogue of Breaking In will convince even a half-wit that the script was a lazily crafted piece of work. The lines are uncreative and leave no room for imaginative expression.
The story begins its predictable ride from the scene where Russell walks into the dungeon-like mansion with her son, Glover (Seth Carr) and teenage daughter, Jasmine ( Ajiona Alexus) in tow. It continues till the last robber gets stabbed by Russel.
Do you remember that popular bed time story of the greedy thieves? Well in Breaking In, your Momma’s tale inhales the breath of life. Depending on how you feel, Ryan Engle is your guy.