Breaking In Review

Gabrielle Union has come a long way since she waved those Pom-Poms in the air talking about “Go Clovers” and telling us its cold in here. Since then she has always shown strength and characters in her roles as a tough woman who works hard for what she wants. Now she joins a list of women who star in their own thriller where she will play someone who kicks butt and takes names by any means necessary. A couple of examples that come to mind are Beyoncé in Obsessed and No Good Deeds with Taraji P. Henson. I recommend seeing both titles by the way. It’s Union’s turn up to bat as she stars in her own thriller where she plays a single mom who has to protect her family from home invaders in the movie Breaking In.

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Aside from a great performance from Gabrielle Union, the movie scripts and execution fell under many clichés and troupes most people are familiar with leaving the movie to be lost in an ocean of typical thrillers blended in with the rest and most likely soon forgotten. So close to Mother’s day, this was the perfect time to release a film like this. A single mother of two, who is visiting the home she grew up in after her Father’s passing, is interrupted by some intruders who have their own specific agenda. What makes this particular film different is that while most plotlines involves escaping the invasion, Union’s character Shaun is trying to break in and rescue her children who are kept hostage while the intruders complete their mission.

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Review: Jackals Is An Eerie Look Into The Meaning Of Family

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This is one of those titles that just snuck up on America. Not much advertising, no official trailers in theatres, just word of mouth and a bit of research online. Most horror fans who follow upcoming movie news knows about this and that is how I found out about this film. Not knowing much about it all I could tell from the trailer is that it’s sort of a home invasion movie with mask killers, a cabin, a family, and a battle to the death.

Jackals is the first of many horror movies coming out in Sept. This is not a sequel to the Bruce Willis movie The Jackal. This homage to the 80’s is a creepy and somewhat sad story of a family led by parents Kathy and Andrew Powell, played by Deborah Kara Unger and Johnathon Schaech respectively who hires a man, Jimmy, a professional who helps rehabilitate people who have lost their way through unethical methods. Against his will, Justin, their son is taken to their family cabin to undergo an intervention to leave the cult but shortly after his cult family are there to bring him back and kill anyone that gets in their way leaving the family to defend themselves by any means necessary.

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