Breach

2 out of 5

Directed by: John Suits

A hodgepodge of half-ideas from other sci-fi movies – mostly notes of Alien, which, fair, is hard to avoid in space thrillers – Breach actually verges on being an okay movie with competent B-flick flair, but director John Suits doesn’t seem quite read to go there, rendering it back to hodgepodge territory.

Earth is headed towards extinction, and “we” – the planet; not exploring too much what this looks like outside of some generic, English-speaking city – have started selecting groups of people to shuttle to ‘New Earth,’ a 100+ days’ journey away, done in cryo-sleep for most. Noah (Cody Kearsley) sneaks on board and serves as a janitor, alongside old-timer Clay (Bruce Willis); during takeoff, a hooded figure does some evil tinkering with something, and a creepin’-around-corners POV camera lets us know that that tinkering has probably resulted in a creature poking around the ship. Sure enough, with the admiral (Thomas Jane) and other heavy-hitters in their freeze pods, Noah and the other support crew are left to take on said creature.

There’s moderate effort in Edward Drake’s and Corey Large’s writing to give this bits-and-piece premise a sense of existing outside of the script, and its characters some character, which Suits – presumably working with 0 budget and time – coaxes fair performances of from his actors, especially Willis, who seems to be legitimately having fun, and thus awake, in this latter entry of his latter-era films. But all of that’s still in service of dancing around those limitations for a cheapie VOD (…though this made it to theaters), which results in streeeetching material out as far as it can go, and re-using one or two sets without much variation. There are opportunities to push it somewhere cheeky – Willis seems to be playing it that way – but the movie just never quite crosses the line, and its trashy monster movie moments are thus not really impressive or goofy enough. This starts to feel pretty slow even a few minutes in – you’ll sense the stalling in some of the edits – and certainly doesn’t pick up very much during the remaining 90 minutes.

It’s interesting seeing something almost good, and almost bad; whether or not that’s enough for you…?