Breaking In

Payback is a Mother.


Breaking In
The latest twist on the home-invasion genre kicks off with the situation inverted. With her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security, nothing will stop their mother from rescuing them. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother on a mission when she is determined.

89 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence).
Thriller.

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Credits

Cast
Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus, Levi Meaden, Seth Carr
Director
James McTeigue
ScreenplayRyan Engle
MusicJohnny Klimek
CinematographyToby Oliver
EditingJoseph Jett Sally
Made in2018
Produced byBreaking In Pictures, Will Packer Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreThriller
LanguageFrequent strong impact crude language, including demeaning and derogarotary terms based on gender.
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceFrequent strong impact violence accompanied by bloodletting
PrejudiceLow impact language, containing a derogatory term for a woman.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsThe thriller crime action drama Breaking In explores themes of death, suspense, fear, desperation, survival, crime, family, cohesion and unity, betrayal, power relations, greed, negotiation and trade-offs, home invasion, courage, motherly love, and crime, which are of a strong impact. Themes are complex and mature and may confuse younger viewers, and/or prematurely expose them to adult experiences. Additionally, themes dealing with home invasion, fear and desperation, are presented with a sense of threat and menace, as embodied by the home invaders, which may disturb and upset emotionally and cognitively immature viewers and threaten their sense of security, even potentially resulting in psychological harm, particularly in the South African context where home invasions occur regularly. The sense of threat and menace is underscored by cinematic effects such a low frequency sound and dark (and red) lighting, and a suspenseful soundtrack.
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USA MPAA rating

PG-13: Parents Strongly CautionedRated PG-13 for violence, menace, bloody images, sexual references, and brief strong language
Runtime88
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
4
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
3
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
14 +
Positive messages
1
Positive role models
2
Violence
4
Sex
2
Language
4
Consumerism
1
Drinking, drugs, smoking
2

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Jamal-Dean Grootboom quote icon'Breaking In' is a criminal career choice.
5
24.com
Lindsey Bahr quote iconDespite all odds and everything going on around her, Union sells it. Maybe we did underestimate her after all.
10
ScreenIt
T. Durgin quote iconIt's one of those flicks I kept rooting for to work and be better. It never really rose above mediocrity. But it's a cut above Lifetime Network Movie of the Week status ... but only barely and only because of Union.
9
Metacritic.com
24 critics
8
Rottentomatoes critics
75 critics
8
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconBreaking In is proof that Gabrielle Union deserves more leading roles -- particularly in films that offer more than this rote, disposable action thriller.
5
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
9
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconViolent home invasion thriller is mostly boring clichés.
5

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
15 users
7
Rottentomatoes users
546 users
8
IMDB
2058 Netizens
10
The Movie DB
Community
12

Average .. 40%

8

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