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‘Breaking In’ is worth a matinee ticket

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The thriller film “Breaking In” debuted at the box office May 11 and while it may not be the best movie the film genre has to offer, it’s certainly worth the price of a matinee ticket.

“Breaking In” is the product of Australian film director James McTeigue, whose greatest claim to fame is his “V for Vendetta, ” which made its debut in the mid-2000’s.

Showing on screens just in time for Mother’s Day, “Breaking In” definitely has its fair share of flaws, but audiences may be able to overlook them and focus on the better aspects of the film.

The film stars Gabrielle Union, as a mother of two children, who takes her children to her recently deceased father’s house over the weekend.

What she doesn’t know is that the house, which itself is unusually heavily fortified, has been invaded and is currently occupied by several thieves.

The thieves are in search of a vault which contains millions of dollars, which is hidden away somewhere in the house.

When the thieves take her children hostage and leave her trapped outside the house, she must muster all of her strength and courage to break back into the house in order to save them.

The film showcases Union’s incredible acting abilities. Throughout the film, she shows great use of emotion, strength and character. She also acts well with the films other characters, particularly with her children.

It is the most interesting part of the movie. She almost single-handedly carries the audience through many of the film’s flaws and ultimately makes this film a worthwhile watch.

The acting of her children, played by Seth Carr and Ajiona Alexus, also played their parts well. When they were in danger or were interacting with each other, they played the parts believable.

The plot is where the film struggled. While the premise was interesting, the film really just tried to play it safe, which may end up boring audiences because they have seen these tropes a thousand times before in the genre.

The plot also has some very large holes in it occasionally. This is most evident, without spoiling too much, in the case where a character suffers what should be completely debilitating injury, and gets back up like nothing happened, just to further the story. This broke the suspension of disbelief in the film, and it never really recovered it.

Overall, the film did struggle in its storytelling and originality but did have some very good acting. The film itself is worth seeing, but it is not worth putting at the top of anyone’s to see list.

3 out of 5 stars.

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‘Breaking In’ is worth a matinee ticket