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      Breach

      PG-13 Released Feb 16, 2007 1h 50m Biography Crime Drama Mystery & Thriller Action List
      84% Tomatometer 177 Reviews 67% Audience Score 250,000+ Ratings Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe), a low-level surveillance expert with the FBI, believes he is accomplishing his dream of becoming a full-fledged agent, with his unexpected promotion and assignment to work with renowned agent Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper). However, he soon learns the reason for his promotion is to gain Hanssen's trust and find proof that he is a traitor to the country. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Powered by Chris Cooper's masterful performance, Breach is a tense and engaging portrayal of the FBI's infamous turncoat.

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      Derek Malcolm London Evening Standard Breach is slow, but never ponderous, and not at all like your average spy thriller. It has less obvious thrills and more depth. Rated: 3/5 Aug 31, 2007 Full Review Anthony Quinn Independent (UK) A sombre game of cat-and-mouse. What it lacks in genuine tension it amply compensates in the understated performances of the two leads. Rated: 3/5 Aug 31, 2007 Full Review David Gritten Daily Telegraph (UK) Intriguing and intelligent, Breach may be too understated for its own good. Aug 31, 2007 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Cooper works hard to provide any psychological subtext to the story behind the headlines. Rated: 2.5/4 Feb 19, 2021 Full Review David Walsh World Socialist Web Site Breach sheds no light on any of the potentially fascinating material. ... The film prides itself on not being able to explain anything about Hanssen's activities. Feb 14, 2021 Full Review Heather Huntington ReelzChannel.com Rated: 8/10 Feb 9, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Elizabeth N Good. Could have been more exciting Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review Musical F Chris Cooper's performance was creepy good but the movie wasn't satisfying or eventful. Lots of psychological suspense, not much plot movement. Always good to see Laura Linney but I wouldn't recommend this movie even though it's probably better than most garbage out there. No benefiting from the soft bigotry of low expectations with me. No grading on a curve here. There are better political thrillers Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Gareth v One of 2007's most underrated movies. A fantastic political thriller that builds character development as a key component to it's suspense. Chris Cooper is fantastic in the lead role. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Good movie that keeps you guessing. Based on a true story and the acting is great. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/09/22 Full Review jon c Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillipe, and Laura Linney star in the true story of the most serious breach in U.S. history Robert Hanssen was arrested for espionage; specifically working for the Russians since the 1980s, so much of the damage he inflicted remains classified to this day Four months earlier he was a part of our government's security His new partner was Eric O' Neil low level surveillance working with the FBI His boss Kate Burroughs assigned him to watch over Hanssen trying to expose his eye nature as a secret operative ; Hanssen was labeled as top of the line, a gifted computer analyst, faithful, family-oriented and a sexual deviant With Eric his task proves difficult attempting to gain Hanssen's trust without being compromised They need Eric to catch him in the act before making a full arrest Slow, somber but filled with committed performances You just wish it would move a bit faster and provide actual details of what Hanssen actually did to raise suspicions Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Late R Slower than what you might expect from a spy thriller, but sprinkled with tense moments, ‘Breach' eschews action and instead focuses on the characters. On the one side we have the young FBI agent (as well as his superior) who's trying to maintain his cover as the case begins to put more and more strain on him and his relationship with his wife; and on the other side we have the spy himself: enigmatic, ultra-cautious and constantly assessing his risk of being caught. Chris Cooper's excellent, nuanced performance as said spy really holds the film together. It remains suspenseful by keeping us constantly wondering how much he knows, what he's going to do next, and it keeps you interested by gradually allowing you to get to know the character as you go from wondering why such a man would betray his country to, slowly but surely, understanding him enough to see the answer. It might not be the most exciting spy thriller you'll ever see, but it's an interesting character-study that is consistently engaging. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/03/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe), a low-level surveillance expert with the FBI, believes he is accomplishing his dream of becoming a full-fledged agent, with his unexpected promotion and assignment to work with renowned agent Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper). However, he soon learns the reason for his promotion is to gain Hanssen's trust and find proof that he is a traitor to the country.
      Director
      Billy Ray
      Producer
      Bobby Newmyer, Scott Strauss, Scott Kroopf
      Screenwriter
      Adam Mazer, William Rotko, Billy Ray
      Distributor
      Universal
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures, Outlaw Productions, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
      Rating
      PG-13 (Sexual Content|Language|Violence)
      Genre
      Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery & Thriller, Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 16, 2007, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 12, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $33.0M
      Runtime
      1h 50m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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