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February 1, 2019

Breaking In (2018) --- "Payback Is A Mother"

Plot Summary
Shaun Russell takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside, but the family soon gets an unwelcome surprise when four men break into the house to find hidden money. After managing to escape, Shaun must now figure out a way to turn the tables on the desperate thieves and save her captive children. (1)

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     Directed by James McTeigue Ninja Assassin, V for Vendetta) and written by Ryan Engle (Rampage, The Commuter), Breaking In (2018) is a fairly predictable, slightly above-average action/ crime/thriller that follows Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union), a mother who risks life and limb to protect her children (Ajiona Russell and Seth Carr) under extraordinary circumstances.

     The story is simple and predictable in most parts, but there a good amount of twists and turns that will leave your heart pounding. The beginning is simple and formulaic, the middle provides a good, albeit rushed, build up to the climax while the ending is the most interesting and unpredictable part of the entire film. Overall, the story is straight to the point and the violence is relevant, yet not excessive, to the storyline.
     The characters provided solid performances. Gabrielle Union (The Lion Guard, Birth of a Nation) as Shaun is great because she easily portrays a mother that is both tough and vulnerable but is willing to do anything to save her kids. Billy Burke (Zoo, Major Crimes) as the cunning and understated leader of the gang, Eddie, is pretty good, especially since this is the first time I have seen him play an antagonistic character. Levi Meaden (The Killing) and Mark Furze (I Can Only Imagine) were both okay as Eddie’s minions, while  Richard Cabral is entertainingly despicable as the darkest and eviler member of the group. Ajiona Alexus (13 Reasons Why, Marvel’s Runaways) and Seth Carr (Bosch) are great as Shaun’s kids, especially Alexus who nails her role as Jasmine.

     Overall, Breaking In (2018) is a fairly predictable, slightly above-average action/ crime/thriller that is sure to entertain the audience in some form or fashion. The story is simple but there a few twists and turns to make it exciting and the violence is relevant and consistent, while the cast provided solid performances. Don’t expect a blockbuster hit but if you enjoy watching B-rated action films then I recommend this one.

"You've been underestimating me all night."
- Shaun [to Eddie]

Final Vote --- 7 of 10 stars

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