Bruce Willis has brought viewers all around the world a multitude of impressive performances throughout his career. From The Sixth Sense, to Die Hard, to the more recent Split, Willis has become a beloved actor to many. This is why it is particularly disappointing to see Willis in a film that struggles to find its originality and stride.
Breach follows a group of people who were chosen to head to a new planet after the Earth we know and love was infested with a plague. Our characters, along with 300,000 other people are on a space ship headed to new Earth and most of them are put into a cryogenic state. Suddenly, an alien entity begins overrunning the ship. The crew must fight the beasts and struggle to hold onto their chance at arriving at the new planet.
To begin, the movie feels like it has ripped off both Alien and the horror flick Slither on more than one occasion. One example is the fact that the aliens enter their human hosts through their mouths as slug-like monsters. Another comes when you see the large alien that appears near the conclusion of the movie that looks like a more obese version of an alien from Alien. As a whole, it feels unoriginal and not as well done as these two films had previously showcased.
This is the second space themed film for director John Suits within the last year. Suits also directed the movie 3022 in 2019 starring Omar Epps and Kate Walsh. Critically, the movie received mediocre reviews, and I can only imagine the same will be true for this film unfortunately. Throughout watching Breach, it felt as if the actors needed further direction as to how they should be delivering their lines, or how their character would react to certain situations. It simply does not feel like there was a strong directorial presence throughout shooting this picture, which is a shame given the talent Suits was given to work with.
Bruce Willis delivers an interesting performance, but hardly a great one. In the first half of the film, he is a frat boy type who evolves into a seemingly emotionless shell of a character. Willis’ character never develops into someone viewers can connect with, or will remember for very long after they finish watching. It is possibly the biggest let down of the film, as the actor has proven with his impressive resume that he can wow audiences when given the right format.
What is very easily the worst acting comes from Thomas Jane, who plays the Admiral. You may recognize the actor from movies such as 1922, The Mist and Deep Blue Sea among others. In those films, Jane delivers performances that connect to those works. In this movie, Jane delivers a performance that feels more like he is playing a game of charades in which he is pretending to be a southern hard-ass, and he is losing. His accent is so over the top along with his facial expressions and none of these aspects translate into an enjoyable viewing experience when he is on screen.
Another large blow for the picture comes with the ridiculous aspects that overshadow tense scenes. A perfect example is during a scene in which Cody Kearsley, who plays Noah, is in an air vent and communicating with Bruce Willis’ character, Clay, to guide him as to where to go. Not only does Willis’ blue hologram head pop up to the side of Kearsley to give him directions, Willis also delivers zero emotions during these tense moments. At times where Kearsley is being grabbed in an air vent by aliens, Willis remains monotone and unresponsive, which once again makes one wonder about how much directorial help was given to actors during filming.
The ending of the film is somewhat confusing, and leaves a lot of questions unanswered. It is the cherry on top of the sundae of what Breach could have been with stronger acting from the talents and better writing and directing all around. It is safe to say that this picture will not go down in my books as a space themed classic, but if you want to decide for yourself, you can watch Breach in theaters and on demand beginning December 18th.