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Directed by John Suits
Written by Edward Drake, Corey Large
Starring Cody Kearsley, Bruce Willis, Rachel Nichols, Thomas Jane, Kassandra Clementi, Johnny Messner, Corey Large, Callan Mulvey, Timothy V. Murphy, Johann Urb, Ralf Moeller, Alexander Kane, Angie Pack, Van Ayasit, Swen Temmel, Adam Huel Potter, Everly Large, Eric Buarque
Oh how the mighty have fallen. I saw a lot of press on BREACH, touting it as “Bruce Willis and Thomas Jane take on THE THING…in space!!!” But I should have known something is up when I saw the photoshopped poster.
It’s the 22nd Century and we’ve screwed up Earth. The last shuttles for space are taking off, leaving the rest of the populace to die horribly. A gal named Haley (Kassandra Clementi) and her man Noah (Cody Kearsley) make it onto the last shuttle the Hercules, piloted by Haley’s dad Admiral Adams-King (Thomas Jane). Unbeknownst to daddy, Haley is pregnant with Noah’s baby, so while she goes into cryo-sleep, Noah works as a maintenance man on the ship in hopes to get on Haley’s dad’s good side. Noah gets paired up with an older, crustier maintenance guy named Clay (Bruce Willis) who is never too far from his whiskey flask. As the bulk of the crew and passengers go to sleep for a few million miles, a space critter that can shift and morph its form and possess anyone it comes in contact with emerges from the vents and it’s up to Noah, Clay, and a few others to take on the monster before it destroys the ship and steers it off course from New Earth.
This is bad. Just…bad stuff. It’s obvious the top billed characters of BREACH were shipped in for a limited amount of time during filming, saw the production values of the whole thing, and they skittled out as soon as their shoot was up. Thomas Jane is barely present in this movie. He’s so disinterested, he can’t even be bothered to take off his sunglasses here. Willis is in the film a lot more, but honestly, all he is doing is sitting around and taking slugs of whiskey every couple of minutes. Willis’ character is supposed to have seen and done it all, but that can also be read as someone simply hanging around until the check clears. Most likely, everything shot with Jane and Willis was used as there are scenes that really feel pointless and don’t add to the story at all.
Though you wouldn’t know it from the trailer and poster, it’s Cody Kearsley who is the star of this film as Noah. Haley is even asleep for most of the film, so it’s up to Kearsley to carry the film. And sorry, Moose from RIVERDALE really doesn’t have the chops to do so. When you have wild cards like Thomas Jane and Bruce Willis on the bill and your movie focuses on some other guy you don’t know, you can’t help but be disappointed.
Comparing this film to the John Carpenter classic THE THING is another misstep. I wish it would have aimed lower. Maybe DARK STAR or something would be more apropos. As is, the creature design is CG and bad practical. The possessed have black goo in their mouths which look like they just bit into PeeWee Herman’s Spearmint Gum. And the endless descent through the same hallways and corridors makes this film feel like every penny was paid for Willis and Jane, leaving nothing for effects, scenery, decent camerawork, editing, script. You know, the essentials.
Ignore the posters, the trailers, and the hype. This is low tier sci fi with even less impressive special effects and action sequences. It’s predictable and most likely not a film anyone involved would recommend. I’m sure better things are in store for everyone involved, but I just can’t find much to say positive about BREACH.