On the Big Board
|A plodding movie that somehow seemed to work despite itself.
|A solid, suspenseful thriller bolstered by good central performances. I think Chris Cooper can be a one-trick pony at times, but that one trick serves him well here.
|A solid cat-and-mouse drama, Cooper is very good. Not exactly a thriller.
|Needed more suspense and sense of intrigue. Good performances though.
|It's a compelling story, but the pace is plodding and dull. Great performances from Cooper and Phillippe, though.
A dramatic thriller inspired by true events, Breach takes place in the secretive and volatile world of the FBI. Ryan Phillippe plays Eric O'Neill, a young agent who is promoted from his simple low-level surveillance job to the headquarters of the FBI. He has always dreamed of advancing through the ranks of the organization and it looks as though he is on his way to seeing that opportunity become reality. His new job takes him into Information Assurance, a new division that has been created to protect all FBI intelligence. Eric works for the highly regarded operative Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper).
Soon, though, Eric realizes that he has been hand-picked for this job for a reason. It seems that Hanssen has come under suspicion for being a mole and betraying FBI information that is so crucial it could have a global impact. Eric is asked to befriend Hanssen and gain his trust so that the traitorous agent might be drawn out. What follows is a dangerous battle as the two men attempt to gain leverage against each other and Eric tries to take down Hanssen before his mentor figures him out.
Breach is directed and co-written by Billy Ray, who previously looked at moral issues in the newspaper industry in Shattered Glass. With a truly stellar (though perhaps not A-list) cast, the movie promises to be an intriguing entry into the spy thriller genre. (Kim Hollis/BOP)