Breaking In

Theatrical Release: May 11, 2018
Breaking In


A woman fights to protect her family during a home invasion.

Dove Review

This movie uses a new approach to celebrate Mother’s Day! This is one suspenseful movie that features a really tough lady—Shaun Russell (Gabrielle Union), who is willing to do anything, including sacrificing herself, for her two children. When four terrorists take over her deceased father’s home in search of his safe and a big bundle of cash, she is left outside while her two kids, Jasmine (Ajiona Alexus) and Glover (Seth Carr), are inside and captured by the thieves. Shaun knows there is no hope if she is captured, so she remains elusive while plotting to get her kids back. The thieves know she knows where her dad’s safe is, and they need this knowledge because her unscrupulous father built his house and wealth with ruthless deals and immoral practices. The bad guys know his recent liquidation means a ton of easy money—if they can find it.

Despite the suspense and thriller aspects, the movie is very humane in several spots, featuring, for instance, a nice scene in which Shaun’s daughter is concerned about her mother coping with the memories of her deceased father as they plan to spend one day at his former home to deal with his estate. “You don’t look out for me, I look out for you,” Shaun tells her daughter. Then, in a nice touch, Jasmine repeats this to her brother later on when he is scared, assuring him she will take care of him.

We learn that Shaun can be tough when she tells her daughter to go bring their stuff in from the car. “Is that a request or an order?” asks Jasmine. “I’m your mother,” says Shaun. “What’s the difference?” Jasmine and Glover will need their tough and protective mother since the leader of the thieves is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and one man in the group is a bit psycho, killing someone that stumbles upon the scene when the person was actually about to leave. Shaun manages to elude their attempts to capture her but communicates with them when she wants to let them know she has not lost control. In fact, she manages to come up with a hostage herself!

The film kept me interested throughout with solid acting and the use of a house which is nearly a mansion. There are a lot of rooms to explore and hide in, and the director does an astute job in keeping the story suspenseful and yet moving forward. The film has strong language and violence, so we can’t award our Dove Seal to the movie. The picture does deliver on the entertainment side beyond question. The bad guys chose the wrong mother to mess with!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: A woman is determined to protect her children, even if it means sacrificing herself.
Sex: A couple of innuendos including a comment about a man being "on his knees" in the stall in prison; a man threatens to rape a teen girl.
Language: Strong and harsh language is used fairly often including "GD"; "JC"; the "F" bomb; "Sh*t"; "Da*mit"; H; and a few other words.
Violence: Several scenes of violence including characters being punched and kicked, stabbed with pieces of glass and a knife; a character is shot; several scenes of blood from wounds and a man has an open bloody wound on his neck; a man is hit by a truck that backs up over him on purpose; a character is suddenly and unexpectedly struck by a truck and then his neck is stepped on and broken; the scene looks amazingly realistic; kids are tied up and gagged; a man is pushed off a roof and breaks his neck.
Drugs: A woman is seen with a glass of wine.
Nudity: Cleavage; a girl's hip and thigh are seen as she lies on the bed wearing shorts.
Other: Several jump scenes including a realistic sudden moment when a character is hit by a truck; tension and arguments between characters; a woman and her children live through a night of fear when threatened with their lives by four bad men.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Ryan Engle
Director: James McTeigue
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 88 min.
Reviewer: Ed C.