Breaking In

Featured In Issue 230, August 2018

WSR Score3.5
Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13 / Unrated
(Rating Reason):
Violence, menace, bloody images, sexual references and brief strong language
(Retail Price):
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
88 / 88
(Color Type):
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
(Closed Captioned):
(Regional Coding):
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
(Direct-To-Video Release):
(Disc Release Date):
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
James McTeigue
(Screenplay/Written By):
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer):
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers):
(Academy Awards):
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio):
(Measured Disc Aspect Ratio):
(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
(Theatrical Sound):
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(DTS Bit Rate):
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate):
(Additional Languages):
(French Language):
(Spanish Language):

In "Breaking In," Shaun Russell (Union) takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside where the family soon receives an unwelcome surprise from four men who break into the house in search of a hidden safe. After managing to escape, Shaun stops at nothing to turn the tables on the thieves and rescue her two children being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. No trap, no trick and especially no man inside can match a mother with a mission. (Gary Reber)

Both the theatrical version (01:28:01) and the unrated version (01:28:24) are available. Special features include commentary by Director James McTeigue and Scriptwriter Ryan Engle; an alternate opening (HD 02:08); four featurettes: "One Bad Mother" (HD 04:19), "A Filmmaker's Eye" (HD 05:06), "A Lesson In Kicking Ass" (HD 04:19), and "A Hero Evolved" (HD 02:54); four deleted and extended scenes (HD 14:28); upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally in a scope format using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent throughout. Naturally hued, both in daylight, house interiors, the woods surrounding the house, and night scenes. From the intricate exterior scenes of the house to the upscale interior furnishings, resolution is superb. Fine detail is especially revealed in the grains of the wood structural elements, stone work, and other objects. Detail also is excellent in the rendering of fleshtones, skin pores, hair, beards, clothing, and fabric textures. The color palette exhibits natural hues, with vibrant and nicely saturated colors. The scene with the security red lights enhances the sense of violent anticipation. Contrast is well balanced, from white highlights to deep blacks, and revealing shadow delineation. The well-executed shadow delineation is a critical visual element to the filmmaker's vision. This is a terrific visual experience that packs suspense. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is effectively supported in creating a sense of danger as the story progresses. Atmospherics are terrific, both in nuanced elements and stronger statements. Likewise, sound effects enhance the more intense scenes, such as gunfire, knife swipes, truck engine sounds and other effects. The music score predominates throughout with thrilling and foreboding energy, with effective surround extension throughout. Low-end extension is solid, providing a sense of excellent dynamics. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with good spatial integration. Environmental sonics are engaging and effective, as is the music. Fidelity throughout is superb. This is a well-crafted soundtrack that delivers. (Gary Reber)