Run Time: 1 hr 28 min
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 25%/31%
Breaking In is an Action/Crime/Drama about a woman who goes out to her recently deceased fathers home to tie up loose ends in order to get his home ready to sale. While something does not seem quite right and eventually Shaun (Gabrielle Union) finds herself locked outside of a fortress of a house while her children Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and Glover (Seth Carr) are trapped inside with ruthless criminals led by Eddie (Billy Burke). Shaun will stop at nothing to get into this seemingly unpenetrable house to rescue her children. This film is a Will Packer production (just like Proud Mary) so you can probably guess where this review is headed.
I am not going to waste my energy trying to come up with something good to say about this film because that would be maybe a sentence long. This film was hot garbage! The first issue I had with this film is the fact that it is an action/crime/drama with a PG-13 rating….wtf?! There are so many restrictions with a PG-13 rating that one would have to question why in the hell would someone make a crime/drama with this type of rating? With a PG-13 rating the word “fuck” can only be said once….once! So how realistic is it that a mother would see her children trapped in a house with 3 criminals and she not say “fuck” at least 20 times? Blood cannot be shown at the time of death in a PG-13 film, but is acceptable to be shown with a wound or showing that a death did occur…..shall I continue? So, long story short, how in the hell are you making a crime/action/drama with limited profanity and weak ass violence allowed??? How Sway?! How?!
Aside from the rating, the acting in this film is laughable. If it wasn’t for the fact that Gabrielle Union is a producer for this film, I would question how did they get her to star in it. There were moments when I laughed out loud and there was nothing intentionally funny in this film. There is a character named Duncan who is not only a walking stereotype but his acting was an absolute joke! The two actors that played the children had about as much chemistry as Donald Trump and Louis Farrakhan. Nancy Nayor, the casting director, did a shit job but this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering she was also the casting director for The Boy Next Door (2015) and Oujia (2014).
This screenplay is nothing more than a sad ass rip-off of Panic Room (2002). If you are going to take inspiration from a film like that then you better damn well execute! At no point during this film did I any tension or suspense, not even a little bit. There was never a chance to build a connection to any of the characters because everything was so rushed. Once the “action”, such as it was, started I really couldn’t have cared less what happened to Shaun or her kids. There was even a scene where a rape was going to possibly happen and I was so over it that I didn’t care what happened to the character and that’s bad! At that point in the film where this scene took place, I should have been so invested in this family that I should have been damn near brought to tears not yawning uncontrollably.
I hate to dog out films starring black folks from a black owned production company but when these same Hollywood types don’t respect their core audience enough to put together a movie that is worthy of these high ass movie ticket prices, then dogging with happen…period! I have seen better productions on the Lifetime Movie Network and I’m sure those films didn’t have a budget of $6,000,000. And this movie after opening weekend stands to make $15,000,000 domestically! I am so tired of the Tyler Perry effect happening with black audiences and if we don’t stop supporting these shit films then we’ll just keep getting these hot piles of dog shit and less of the Black Panther quality films. Black Hollywood needs to do better if they want to ever be taken seriously or get the large studio backings for better films! So needless to say this Sista Gurl recommends you save your money and go watch Panic Room (2002), Fear (1996), or even The Strangers (2008) if you want to watch a great home invasion film.