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Breaking In (2018)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 11 May 2018 (USA)
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A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.

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James McTeigue

Writers:

Ryan Engle (screenplay by), Jaime Primak Sullivan (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gabrielle Union ... Shaun Russell
Billy Burke ... Eddie
Richard Cabral ... Duncan
Ajiona Alexus ... Jasmine Russell
Levi Meaden ... Sam
Seth Carr ... Glover Russell
Mark Furze ... Peter
Jason George ... Justin Russell
Christa Miller ... Maggie Harris
Damien Leake ... Isaac Paulson
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Storyline

After her father Isaac's murder, Shaun Russell travels to the house she grew up in with her two children, daughter Jasmine and son Glover. Shaun intends to settle her father's estate and sell the remotely-located house, which has multiple security features, including a hand-held remote monitor. The security system is off-line at their arrival, but is soon reactivated by Jasmine. Unknown to the family, four criminals - Peter, Sam, Duncan, and their leader Eddie - are already in the house. Jasmine and Glover are taken hostage while Shaun is outside. Peter chases Shaun into the woods, where she manages to knock him unconscious. She leaves him bound and gagged, and uses the intercom to call the house. Eddie tells her they only came for the safe and the $4 million they believe is inside; Isaac was under investigation and Sam had learned that he liquidated his assets. The crew has only 90 minutes from when they cut the phone line before the security company will contact police, so they want...

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Payback is a Mother


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, menace, bloody images, sexual references, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking In See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,630,285, 13 May 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,383,120

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,635,850, 19 August 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Goofs

The house is deep in the woods, miles and miles from a town or city and yet she calls to have a pizza delivered. See more »

Quotes

Glover Russell: [as his sister starts crawling through a vent] But what if something happens to you
Jasmine Russell: [stops and reassures him] Look... you're my kid brother... *I'm* Supposed to worry about *You* Not the other way round
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Featured in Breaking In: A Hero Evolved (2018) See more »

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I Only Have Eyes for You
Written by Al Dubin, Harry Warren
Performed by The Flamingos
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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a fairly predictable, but above-average thriller
12 May 2018 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

"Breaking In" (PG-13, 1:28) is a thriller directed by James McTeigue ("Survivor", "Ninja Assassin", "V for Vendetta") and written by Ryan Engle ("Rampage", "The Commuter", "Non-Stop"). It stars Gabrielle Union as a mother who risks life and limb to protect her children under extraordinary circumstances.

Shaun Russell (Union) is a married mother of two kids, a teenager named Jasmine (Ajiona Russell), and a younger son named Glover (Seth Carr). Shortly after the mysterious death of her wealthy estranged father, Shaun has to drive to his estate (which is where she grew up) to prepare it for sale. Her husband (Jason George) can't get away for the weekend, so it's just Shaun and the kids on a road trip to the country. The only other person Shaun plans on seeing that weekend is her realtor (Christa Miller), who's bringing Shaun paperwork for her to sign. But the weekend ends up including some... uninvited guests.

So, this little family settles in, Jasmine retreating to a bedroom to listen to her music and spend quality time on her phone, Glover to play around with the home's sophisticated electronic controls and then fly his little camera drone around the house, and Shaun calling in town to order some pizza. But before she can finish that call, some bad men suddenly appear in the house, grab the kids and try to grab her.

Four ex-cons, an ex-military guy (Mark Furze), a less-than-dependable wannabe thug (Levi Meaden), a psycho gang-banger (Richard Cabral) and their controlled but ruthless leader (Billy Burke), didn't think anyone was going to be at the house, but they still want what they came for - to find a safe that supposedly contains millions of dollars. Shaun finds herself locked out of the house, while the bad guys are inside threatening her children. She needs every ounce of strength, smarts and resourcefulness to make sure her kids (and she herself) survive the night. As the movie poster says, "Revenge is a Mother".

"Breaking In" is a fairly predictable, but above-average thriller. The film's advertising pretty much tells us what to expect, but Burke makes a pretty mean villain and Union makes for one tough mother. The action starts refreshingly early and really never lets up. The movie is intricately plotted, with plenty of twists (even if we do see many of them coming). This is a thriller which is actually thrilling - and entertaining. "B+"


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