Suspense


Breaking In


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Suspense
Runtime:
88 mins
Stars:
Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Ajiona Alexus, Seth Carr
Director:
James McTeigue
Producer:
James Lopez, William Packer, Craig Perry, Sheila Taylor, Gabrielle Union

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
2
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


a couple of innuendos including a comment about a man being "on his knees" in the stall in prison; a man threatens to rape a teen girl.

Language


strong and harsh language is used fairly often including "gd"; "jc"; the "f" bomb; "sh*t"; "da*mit"; h; and a few other words.

Violence


several scenes of violence including characters being punched and kicked, stabbed with pieces of glass and a knife; a character is shot; several scenes of blood from wounds and a man has an open bloody wound on his neck; a man is hit by a truck that backs up over him on purpose; a character is suddenly and unexpectedly struck by a truck and then his neck is stepped on and broken; the scene looks amazingly realistic; kids are tied up and gagged; a man is pushed off a roof and breaks his neck.

Drugs


a woman is seen with a glass of wine.

Nudity


cleavage; a girl's hip and thigh are seen as she lies on the bed wearing shorts.

Other


several jump scenes including a realistic sudden moment when a character is hit by a truck; tension and arguments between characters; a woman and her children live through a night of fear when threatened with their lives by four bad men.


Trailer



Synopsis

A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.


Movie Message

This movie uses a new approach to celebrate Mother's Day! This is one suspenseful movie that features a really tough lady—Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union), who is willing to do anything, including sacrificing herself, for her two children. When four terrorists take over her deceased father's home in search of his safe and a big bundle of cash, she is left outside while her two kids, Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and Glover (Seth Carr), are inside and captured by the thieves. Shaun knows there is no hope if she is captured, so she remains elusive while plotting to get her kids back. The thieves know she knows where her dad's safe is, and they need this knowledge because her unscrupulous father built his house and wealth with ruthless deals and immoral practices. The bad guys know his recent liquidation means a ton of easy money—if they can find it.

Despite the suspense and thriller aspects, the movie is very humane in several spots, featuring, for instance, a nice scene in which Shaun's daughter is concerned about her mother coping with the memories of her deceased father as they plan to spend one day at his former home to deal with his estate. "You don't look out for me, I look out for you," Shaun tells her daughter. Then, in a nice touch, Jasmine repeats this to her brother later on when he is scared, assuring him she will take care of him.

We learn that Shaun can be tough when she tells her daughter to go bring their stuff in from the car. "Is that a request or an order?" asks Jasmine. "I'm your mother," says Shaun. "What's the difference?" Jasmine and Glover will need their tough and protective mother since the leader of the thieves is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and one man in the group is a bit psycho, killing someone that stumbles upon the scene when the person was actually about to leave. Shaun manages to elude their attempts to capture her but communicates with them when she wants to let them know she has not lost control. In fact, she manages to come up with a hostage herself!

The film kept me interested throughout with solid acting and the use of a house which is nearly a mansion. There are a lot of rooms to explore and hide in, and the director does an astute job in keeping the story suspenseful and yet moving forward. The film has strong language and violence, so we can't award our Dove Seal to the movie. The picture does deliver on the entertainment side beyond question. The bad guys chose the wrong mother to mess with!

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