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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant and Smart

10/10
Author: aharmas from United States
29 June 2008

This film is the equivalent of Titanium. It appears to be a light, simple spy story, and it moves with enough grace to deceived most in the audience of its power. It is tough, deals with important matters, and contains some of the best performances by the members of its cast. Moreover, it is those performances that make you admire the entire project.

- Quinlan, as the devoted wife who seems unaware of her husband's actions or is just blinded by her own belief that her life should be utterly perfect. Quinlan has the look of the perfect wife, happy, yet insulated from reality. She has a look that is unnerving, a bit too perfect, too happy, too sedentary.

- Linney, the practical, steely FBI investigator who won't divulge much in a steely approach that shows very little heart but much determination. She is a driven and intelligent force, someone to be reckoned with. She delivers her lines with conviction, ready to take any necessary steps to make whatever is needed to happen. In part, she is responsible for giving her agent the extra drive he needs to succeed in his enterprise.

- Phillippe, his boastful and cocky agent gives a multidimensional performance that throws both the audience and his suspect off. He appears uncertain that he can handle this case, at times he is lured by his bosses actions, fascinated by the mind of who could be a perfect criminal mind, someone so dangerous that in the end could either be the perfect prize or the end of a career.

- Cooper, who gives one of the most solid performances by a consummate actor, creating a character that is a shadow, one that is hard to read because it is composed of so many layers. When Phillipe tells Linney that he is telling so many lies that it is hard to keep them straight, one wonders how the mind of the Cooper character does it, but in this performance, which is rich and with incredible timing, one can't help but wonder what shaped it, how it thinks, what makes it so insidious. It is a wonderful and complex character.

The film is also quite entertaining, and what is most fascinating, it is based on real events.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

spy movie

6/10
Author: ssto from New York, USA
7 July 2007

i didn't like it much. its OK to watch, but never really got me involved. it reminded me a lot of some Russian spy-movies from the 80ties, but its maybe even worse, because Breach is just so uninspired

I didn't like Ryan Phillippe's play, while Chris Cooper and Laura Linney played so well this movie didn't deserve them. Also - can we please see a CIA/FBI/NCA movie without Dennis Haysbert in it?

Of course, it is filmed very well. Could it be better? Probably. Every story can be filmed superbly, depending on the drive behind it

6/10

peace

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Breach- What A Compromise! ***

8/10
Author: edwagreen from United States
26 June 2007

Chris Cooper is very good as spy Robert Hanssen who caused so much damage with his espionage dealings from 1985.

Cooper conveys the mood of a religious obsessed person, who is autocratic, surly and just downright nasty to his subordinates. Who would ever guess that he was passing to the Soviets so much information?

Ryan Philippe is definitely an up and coming actor. Sent in by the bureau to investigate Hanssen, he immediately comes across as a nervous, incompetent person. Hanssen finally comes to realize that Officer O'Neill is not as foolish as he makes himself out to be.

Laura Linney, a bureau head, does a very good job in conveying what is going on and what she is doing to destroy Hanssen.

This true story was handles adeptly by Hollywood.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

An Insightful and Deeply Compelling Movie

9/10
Author: tabuno from utah
21 June 2007

One of the best movies of 2007, Breach represents excellence in drama. What is especially surprising is that this espionage movie isn't so much a thriller or action movie but a real drama that exposed the dense gray area of the complexity of human behavior, thinking, and emotions. Chris Cooper landed a script that is amazing in its ability to allow Mr. Cooper to present on screen a complex individual that cannot be easily categorized or demonized for what is purportedly the worst spy scandal in United States history. The drama that incidentally revolves around the true story of FBI agent Robert Hanssen details deeply movie dialogue and psychological warfare both impacting on a marriage, employee-employer relationships, and individual to individual trust issues. A qualitatively superior based on a true story production. Nine out of Ten Stars.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Good spy movie

6/10
Author: Andrew Marshall from United Kingdom
12 June 2007

This movie is based on a true story. Being from the UK I'm not familiar with the story, so i can't vouch for the accuracy or otherwise of the movie. The film stands up on it's own right though and I don't think knowledge of the facts would make any difference to the enjoyment of the film.

The story revolves around thee investigation of the most notorious double agent in American history. Robert Hanssen is played by Chris Cooper who must be one of the finest actors in current cinema. It's a shame the movie wasn't cut a bit more because it's a bit ponderous at times, but it's still well worth a view.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Breaching the spy thriller genre

9/10
Author: blairgallop7 from Australia
9 June 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The movie"Breach" which stars Chris Cooper,Ryan Phillippe and Laura Linney is inspired by the true story of FBI agent Robert Hanssen who was selling secrets to the Soviet Union before it's collapse. It was a "cat and mouse" type thriller where you have one agent chasing another agent by gaining trust and expecting him to reveal himself as a mole to the FBI and a traitor to the United States of America. It is a movie that is guaranteed to make you sit down and watch very closely and it is highly recommended not just to watch at the cinema's but also at home on DVD. One thing that was a disappointment was that a clip of a February.19,2001 news conference statement by John Ashcroft was shown as it would sort of spoil the end of the movie with Robert Hanssen's capture, however it would only show when and why he was captured but not how he was captured. Excellent performances by Chris Cooper,Ryan Phillippe and Laura Linney. I would give it a 9 out of 10 for it's excellent casting and a bit of a twist. It is definitely worthy of a few Academy Award nominations such as Best Actor-Chris Cooper and Best Supporting Actor-Ryan Phillippe.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

To watch or not to watch?

8/10
Author: chaos_cosmos from Portugal
11 May 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Having no previous information about Robert Hanssen, I entered the theatre with no preconceived notions or high expectations, which, in part, might be held responsible for the appraisal i honour this film with.

Chris Cooper is brilliant playing the role of a mischievous, intriguing FBI agent who keeps dodging suspicions linked to a leak of information to the soviets.

Eric O'Neill, bravely interpreted by Ryan Phillippe tags along, trying to earn Hanssen's trust and ultimately find out if he's THE mole who's been passing out information for years to rival agents.

In a hectic background, Eric is constantly being put under pressure by Hanssen, who starts compromising Eric's relationship with his wife. At any given point, some other "clerk" would have backed out and preferred to move away from the imminent chaos. However, O'Neill puts himself to the test and tries to shed some light on the obscure personality of Hanssen.

For those of you who enjoy an above-average spy movie, here's a chance to witness a stupendous interpretation from both actors Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Good in a low-key sort of way.

8/10
Author: acorvey from Los Angeles, CA
16 March 2007

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"Breach" was quite good in a low-key sort of way. I love a good espionage thriller (REAL espionage, not crappy "Mission: Impossible 2" espionage) and this film definitely subscribed to the "Three Days of the Condor" style of less is more. It is restrained and subtle in a way that a lot of people might find boring, but the performances and relationship between Chris Cooper and Ryan Phillippe are what really make the film interesting.

Cooper's character is an enigma that both Phillippe, and the audience, are constantly trying to figure out. If you've seen the trailers you know that Phillippe is first assigned to watch Cooper under false pretenses, and during the first portion of the film the discrepancy between the man Phillippe's superiors are telling him about and the man Phillippe is interacting with is what draws you into the story. Is Cooper just really good at hiding his secret life? Or does the FBI have an ulterior motive for subjecting Cooper to such scrutiny? It's interesting to watch Phillippe's frustration as he desperately tries to figure out what Cooper, and the bureau, are up to.

When the truth is finally revealed about forty minutes into the film, the suspense is suddenly ratcheted up, and you begin to squirm through many expertly devised scenes in which Phillippe is unbearably close to being found out. Cooper is one of the best character actors in the business, and he brilliantly plays with the audience's sympathies (by equally attracting and repelling us).

I applaud the filmmakers for having the courage to keep "Breach" from plunging into Hollywood convention by instead adhering to this true-life story that, in many ways, is much more compelling. I'd definitely recommend it.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

sign of the cross

8/10
Author: gylwadge from United States
11 March 2007

When Hanssen and O'Neill entered the church together for the first time, O'Neill did not make the sign of the cross correctly. He touched his forehead, then each shoulder, then his chest. The proper orders is what Hanssen did, forehead, chest, each shoulder. Any Catholic, especially one like me--cradle Catholic, 13 years of Catholic school, should have noticed this error. O'Neill as a consultant to the movie and a Jesuit-educated person, should have caught this mistake--especially as a competent spy. Bonus points for anyone who knows what city and state Gonzaga is in. I think Laura Linney looks like Hellen Hunt.

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Interesting, for sure, but nothing too original...

7/10
Author: Jay Addison from United States
7 March 2007

It's all right. Better than all right. It will keep you interested the whole time, which is more than you can say for some movies. However, nothing too original comes out of Breach. It's main attribute is Chris Cooper's chilling performance.

It's a finely made film, to be sure. Ryan Phillipe and Laura Linney are fine in lead and supporting roles, respectively. I have not seen anything with Mr. Phillipe before this, and he showed that he can pull off an acting role just fine. And of course Ms. Linney remains a good actress.

But, like I said, it's Chris Cooper who really steals the show. His performance is both satisfyingly rude and yet, he makes you feel for him. This is, at heart, a story of a man who desperately wanted to be needed, and eventually destroyed himself. Mr. Cooper is very affecting. His performance alone is a reason to see it.

Yet, it's nothing amazing, and definitely nothing to the Bourne series that is completing itself later this year. It's an interesting look at a relationship a young punk has with a man who truly was the only of his kind. That's all it is. 6/10 stars for me and no more.

Jay Addison

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