Movie Review - Breaking In (2018)
Gabrielle Union (Think Like a Man and Being Mary Jane) stars as Shaun Russell, a wife and mother of two children. When her father dies, she inherits his large home and estate in Lake Constance, Wisconsin. Due to her father being a possible Bernie Madoff type, she wants nothing to do with the house, which is tucked hours into the woods. She plans to spend the weekend there and prepare the house for the real estate agent to put on the market.
Billy Burke (Zoo and 24) co-stars as Eddie, the leader of a group of criminals who plan a home invasion in order to steal millions of dollars of cash that Shaun's father hid in a safe inside the house. He is very calm and methodical about how he operates and how he orders the others around, almost as if he has a military background, but not much is learned about his character besides he wants that money and isn't leaving without it.
That Halle Berry film was more an endurance test and an adrenaline rush. It was more about the energy that a mother has to summon, the instinct to keep going or to keep running no matter how far, no matter how tired. It was all about sheer determination. This movie is less about that kind of raw fortitude and more about strategy and outwitting your opponents. It's less about any kind of physical dexterity or stamina and more about cleverness and quick thinking. However, Union's character does have some fight scenes and she does exhibit some ninja moves, but, at no point does she become Wonder Woman. She either takes hits and ducks or finds scrappy ways to escape the moment.
Ajiona Alexus (13 Reasons Why and Empire) also co-stars as Jasmine, the teenage daughter to Shaun who is held hostage but holds her own in terms of reassuring her little brother Glover, played by Seth Carr (Black Panther and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and standing up to the bad guys when she has to do so. Alexus is the kind of actress that we should definitely keep an eye out for.
Rated PG-13 for violence, menace, bloody images, sexual references and brief language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 28 mins.