When a distributor reaches out and offers you free Bruce Willis, it would be silly to say no. And who doesn’t love a bit of Willis from time to time? I must admit, recent films starring the iconic “Yipee ki-yay”, gun-toting enthusiast have been less than impressive. But Mother of Movies is all about second chances. And perhaps even third chances. Besides, the man has so many awesome films under his belt it’s easy to forgive a few roles where he seems to be asleep at the wheel and simply hope he wakes up one of these days. So here we are with Breach.
Breach is an action and sci-fi movie onboard a spaceship ark bound for New Earth. I tried to ignore the 3.7-star rating overaged over more than 6000 viewers. However, it’s hard not to go in with low expectations. It’s even harder when supporting performances lessen the excitement within the first quarter. As for Bruce Willis, well, he is just about the most exciting thing about this film.
Aliens, Stowaways, and Bruce Willis
Alongside Willis, who coincidentally, is not the lead in Breach is Cody Kearsley who plays Noah. Noah’s girlfriend is pregnant so it makes sense for him to impersonate a janitor and sneak onto the ship. But this is where the sensical part of the storyline ends. On top of that, things escalate way too quickly and seemingly out of nowhere. For example, it begins when two infected mechanics begin making moonshine not long after take off. A party is organized and romantic interludes are underway before you can even start to wonder where the alien force came from.
Then when it’s totally obvious that beer might be the source of the infection all hell breaks loose. One of the poor mechanics starts screaming “get it out of me!” before admitting “it was just heartburn” and then seemingly imploding into another crewmember’s face. I say seemingly because the implosion is off-screen. The other crewmember is attacked but doesn’t see it coming because the implosion alien has good aim. Some of the infected are agile, some behave like zombies and others are just bashing people into walls. They’re an eclectic bunch and they can reanimate dead bodies at will.
Breach 2020, Staring Flamethrower
Whatever this species of alien is, the solution will always be flamethrowers. I’m assuming this to be the drawcard for some of the cast to make this film in the first place. No matter how small the setting or how absurdly popular flamethrowers are as a measure of defense, I can guarantee anyone would be all in if they get a turn on the flamethrower. At this point, I would have to say Flamethrower is the lead star. Willis had his turn on it, so he drinks from a small flask for the rest of the movie.
Overall, a narrative of this kind is always going to start on the back foot. Especially given that the pinnacle of movies about aliens onboard a spacecraft was done a million times better more than 40 years ago now. Directed by John Suits, many movie fans will be surprised to learn he produced the epic Cheap Thrills. Since turning his hand toward directing, 3022 and Pandemic didn’t fare so well with audiences. Writers Edward Drake and Corey Large contributed the story for Breach. Mother of Movies covered one of Large’s previous films, The Ninth Passenger, and let’s just say, I wasn’t a fan.
I give Breach
2 Breach was not filmed during the pandemic, they just have people talk to each other from opposite sides of the set for fun out of 5