Breaking In, a movie about a determined mother working hard to outsmart four criminals during a home invasion is one I tuned in to to be entertained / thrilled – and entertained I was, to a degree. I like the film’s star Gabriele Union so I enjoyed watching her act but overall, Breaking In is definitely not the best of its genre.
Director James McTeigue’s film is missing ‘the memorable’ element and the line ‘You picked the wrong house’ absolutely doesn’t count. Even though the film did enough to keep me watching till the end, there are really no scenes so thrilling that they stick out.
Aside from the satisfaction from seeing the bad guys lose because who doesn’t want that…? My favourite thing about Breaking In is that it cements my decision to avoid ever living in a house far bigger than I could ever need. Compared to Halle Berry’s Kidnap (2017), I’d say Breaking In is better, mostly because the lead actor’s acting and dialogue is more convincing.
Watch it if you like Union or any of the other cast enough. Or perhaps you just want to see how the story plays out.
Directed by James McTeigue; starring Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke and Richard Cabralhe, Breaking In is the story of a mother who must fight to protect her family during a home invasion…
I have to learn precisely how Union’s character manages to outsmart the criminals. I also want this movie to be better than Halle Berry’s Kidnap (2017). And there’s really only one way to find out if it is.
Ajiona Alexus, Jason George and Seth Carr also star.
At the heart of David E. Talbert’s Almost Christmas is a dysfunctional family who haven’t all fully dealt with the recent passing of their mother. Starring Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Danny Glover and more, the dysfunction, laughter and mayhem begins when the family comes together for their first thanksgiving without their matriarch.
I wouldn’t call Almost Christmasa terrible movie but I don’t think it’s great either. As well as having some memorable scenes and lines, the film also has a few character story executions that I, as an avid moviegoer have seen far too many times before. Therefore, the complete lack of refreshing newness in these moments just makes them seem like a less than great filler to bulk out the movie instead of all that they could have been .
The answer to the question of what the best thing about Almost Christmas is is simple; Mo’Nique. Her character is fun and probably has the best lines. My favourite of her lines being the one that starts with ‘You, you dumb…!’ Talk about skilled delivery and excellent comic timing! There’s also the great scene at the dinner table just before the above line when the penny starts to slowly drop leading up to everyone finally getting to meet ‘grandma Cheryl’.
Almost Christmas is a movie you watch if you’re curious enough. You will remember the great scenes but you may sense that it could have been better. Ilike how the movie reminded me of something I wish everyone would remember always – and that’s the fact that not everybody’s ‘happily ever after’ looks the same – nor should it.
In Sleepless, Jamie Foxx is a cop with criminal underworld connections and in search of his kidnapped son…
It’s a given that every movie that stars a parent searching for their kidnapped child will always make me think of Liam Neeson’sTaken (2008) – because it’s a great movie and one of my favourite movie experiences of all time. So much so that I kind wish that I had’t seen it yet so I could be thrilled afresh. I hope Sleepless is great.
Starring, written and directed by Nate Parker, The Birth Of A Nation tells the true story of Nat Turner, a former slave in America who leads a liberation movement in 1831 to free African-Americans in Virginia…
Dear film lover / cinephile, I do believe that a powerful story awaits us.
Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller, Aja Naomi King and Colman Domingo and also star.
The Birth Of A Nation Release Dates: October 7th, 2016 (US); January 20th, 2017 (UK); January 19th 2017 (GER)…
It’s definitely too early for ‘seasons greetings’ but apparently it’s the right time for a Christmas / Thanksgiving movie trailer.
Almost Christmas is the latest film directed by David E. Talbert and it stars Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Mo’Nique and Danny Glover, among others. The movie is a comedy that centres around a large dysfunctional family and their first Thanksgiving after their mother passes…
The word dysfunctional is what got my attention. The level of outrageous present in this trailer also appeals.
I just hope that I’m not as disappointed as I was with Talbert’s previous release, Baggage Claim (2013). The trailer for that movie wasn’t good, so I should have known. But this one does look promising.
Other key cast includes J.B. Smoove, Nicole Ari Parker, Romany Malco, Omar Epps and Jessie Usher.