This will be a spoiler review of Breaking In, if you want to read my spoiler-free review check it out here.
Breaking In came out in time for Mother’s day and it showcased what lengths a mother will go for her children. Over all I would say that this movie is what you see is what you get. There is a lot I liked and a lot that I felt could be improved.
Talking about what I liked, I enjoyed the relationship between Shaun and her children. I really liked that at no point did Gabrielle Union’s character suddenly have a “special set” of skills to help her out. The advantages and set backs of the technologically advanced house both worked for Shaun and against her. My favorite thing is that no one saves Shaun, ultimately she is the one to save her children, her husband, and herself.
What I didn’t like mostly has to do with story telling choices. I love character development and character driven plots, which is why as a viewer I am often harder on films that are strictly action or comedy. Character development is often done too quickly or not at all in those types of films. The things that I disliked about this movie revolves mostly around the opening scene. This is due to the choice that doesn’t give us a look into the normal life of our characters before the events of the film, instead what we get is a sudden shock-factor scene of Shaun’s father getting his by a car and then stomped on by another person.
My mom made the defense that this scene was to show us the kind of man Shaun’s father was, which I understand; however, I felt like this could have been done differently. We could have gleaned what kind of man he was from conversation and environmental story telling. There are characters we meet that I feel like should have had more screen time, like Shaun’s husband, it would have been nice to see his character before he gets the crap beaten out of him. The last thing I would have liked to see is more about who Shaun is and was, granted this is an action film that was under an hour and a half, but I would have liked to know more about her relationship with her father, how he attracted the attention of these men, what happened to her mom and why did that cause a rift between Shaun and her father.
Ultimately, it was a good action film, I felt like I had more questions by the end of it though. This is mostly because of how I generally like my stories to be told.
Was it worth seeing in theaters? Not really, but I’d watch it on Netflix.
Would I watch it again? Probably not.