Breaking In review – a thriller that unintentionally writes itself into a thrill-less corner
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Gabrielle Union stars in Breaking In, the latest cinematic offering in the line of home invasion thrillers, as Shaun Russell: a mother desperately trying to save her children. After the sudden death of her father, Shaun and her two children, Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and Glover (Seth Carr), make their way to her childhood home in Lake Constance to prepare it for sale. Over the course of the evening, they find they have more to deal with than just real estate meetings, when a group of criminals target the house. Union is utterly compelling in her role as Shaun. It’s refreshing to see a woman take charge in a home invasion film, a la Hush (2016), and she does so with no special training or amazing secret abilites; just the grit and determination of a protective mother making damned sure that her children don’t get hurt. Alexus and Carr give good performances as Jasmine and Glover, despite not having much to work with. Breaking In’s downfall is its overly clichéd, poorly constructed script, which leaves very little room for actual thrill.
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