Release Date: February 16, 2007
Starring: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe
and Laura Linney
Genre: Drama/Spy Thriller
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General
Director: Billy Ray
Executive Producer: William Horberg, Sidney Kimmel
and Adam Merims
Producer: Scott Kroopf, Robert F.
Newmyer and Scott Strauss
Writer: Adam Mazer, William Rotko and
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(A division of General Electric)
Ron Meyer, President/COO
Marc Shmuger, Chairman
David Linde, Co-Chairman
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Young FBI recruit Eric O’Neill cannot wait to make the status of Agent. However, he is soon dragged into an inter-agency investigation and placed in a new office where he is asked to spy on his boss, Robert Hanssen. Told by the investigation team, headed up by the hard-nosed Kate Burroughs (Laura Linney), that Hanssen is merely a sexual deviant that must be brought to an embarrassing end of his career, Eric soon feels that this information cannot possibly be true. All Eric can surmise is that Hanssen is a deeply devout Catholic who loves his wife and grandchildren. In Eric’s estimation, the Bureau’s labeling of Hanssen as a sexual deviant could not be further from the truth.
Eric demands to know more. Soon, Kate informs Eric that Hanssen is not being investigated for sexual deviance. He is, in fact, being investigated for treason and espionage by selling secrets to the Soviet Union, which may have led to the deaths of countless spies during the Cold War. As Eric draws closer to the truth, Hanssen becomes more wary of whom he can trust. The stakes continue to escalate for Eric as he tries to bring down one of the worst spies in American history.
BREACH is a high quality movie that is well directed and well told. Chris Cooper and Laura Linney both give wonderful performances. Ryan Phillippe seems a little one-dimensional and, at times, is the weak link of the movie. The marketing for BREACH makes the movie seem like a taut, edge-of-your-seat, political thriller with twists and turns that will keep audiences guessing until the final moments. However, the marketing is a little deceptive. The movie feels a little flat and is not nearly as intense as the trailers make it seem. It is, though, an enjoyable movie that will leave viewers wanting to explore more about the real-life Robert Hanssen.
The movie does contain strong religious overtones and themes with strong elements of Christianity, although ultimately, the most religious and devout character, Robert Hanssen, is considered one of the worst spies in U.S. history. Regrettably, the movie also contains some cautionary sexual content and sexual discussions as well as some light foul language. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® believes BREACH deserves an Extreme Caution acceptability rating.
Though a little flat at times, BREACH is well directed and well told. It contains strong religious overtones and themes, plus some pro-American content, along with strong elements of Christianity. Ultimately, however, the most religious and devout character is considered one of the worst spies in U.S. history. Obviously, he hid behind his religion to avoid suspicion. BREACH contains some cautionary sexual content and sexual discussions, as well as some foul language, including one "f" word. Thus, it gets an Extreme Caution acceptability rating from MOVIEGUIDE®.