March 2, 2024

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Geek Review: Breaking In

Gabrielle Union deals with a home invasion in her late father's high tech country estate in this thriller.

This weekend was a good weekend for movies about mothers.

Oh, that doesn’t mean there the movies were good.  There just were two of them out this weekend.  I didn’t care much for the comedy Life of the Party.  How about the thriller Breaking In?

This one was better, but not quite what I would call particularly good.  It’s competent.  How’s that sound?

After the sudden death of her father, Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union) is headed out to her father’s country estate with her two kids, Jasmine and Glover.  There’s some talk about her dad being under investigation for some unspecified crimes, but all you really need to know is the guy was really rich.  His house is what Glover calls a fortress with top-of-the-line electronic surveillance, but there seems to be some problems with the system.  What was the old man afraid of?

The answer may come when four men break into the house while Shaun is conveniently outside relaxing.  Her kids are captured, but she manages to escape.  She has no phone, no weapons, and no shoes.  All she has is her wits, and that’s good, because the professional crook running the show (Billy Burke) isn’t messing around.  He and his crew want something, something that Shaun didn’t really know was even in the house.  But now she can go full mama bear because those guys have her kids.

All things being equal, it’s not a bad movie, but nothing I think anyone should go out of their way for.  Director James McTeigue does a decent job keeping the tension going, and the script doesn’t seem inclined to make anyone stupid.  Cliched?  Sure, but not stupid.  I’m gonna give this one a barely passing seven out of ten camera drones.  This would probably be OK for a cable viewing or a discount theater.  It’s short, economical, and nothing particularly good or bad.