Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Gary Cole
Director: Billy Ray
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Inspired by true events this takes you deep inside the halls of the fbi for a top-secret investigation to uncover the greatest breach in the history of u.S. Intelligence. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 05/06/... more »
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Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 4/26/2011...
good acting, worth seeing, but not a keeper
Colette G. from WILMINGTON, DE
Reviewed on 12/19/2010...
Incredible suspense. Really well acted.
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Frankie D. (Frankiep) from MURFREESBORO, TN
Reviewed on 5/5/2009...
Fast paced and intriguing. A true story and Chris Cooper is fantastic. See just how the FBI works!
S A A. (Learned2Heal)
Reviewed on 1/21/2008...
Very riveting movie. Chris Cooper at his very best, eliciting sympathy and repulsion with equal ease. Ryan Phillippe is great too. Laura Linney is uncharacteristically wooden in this part. Not her best vehicle. The sound track is great, very suspenseful. I found, however, that a couple of alternate scenes proposed in the special features would have made the plot more linear and the movie work better overall.
A very watchable, edge of your seat movie that shifts your views and emotions about Chris Cooper's character very deftly as you go along.
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Former Spy Rates This Movie Superb
Robert D. Steele | Oakton, VA United States | 06/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I served as a spy for CIA on three clandestine tours, and one of my headquarters tours was in counterintelligence, where I got to know just how un-seriously CIA takes that topic. The dirty little secret at CIA is that Ames was not the only traitor, a brand new career trainee gave up ten or so of our Soviet agents in place, all killed. In this movie, the damage that Hansen did is severely over-stated, and the facts of the matter are not as they should be, but I still give this a five star rating because the movies is absolutely top notch on the personality details.
This movie is much superior to The Good Shepard. The only other spy movies that really come close are those featuring Alec Guiness as George Smiley.
The reviewers that cannot understand motive will never understand spys and traitors. One line in this movie really grabbed me--in it, Hansen talks about how "the US can be likened to a powerfully built but retarded child." Throughout the movie, Hansen is cast as a devout even obsessive Catholic who cannot get people inside the FBI to realize how vulnerable they are, and ultimately I would conclude from the movie that the motivation may have started as a desire to prove a point, then a slow burn into addiction--making fools of those that would not listen.
The movie misrepresents the clerk as counter-spy. The FBI actually caught Hansen by going through his trash and finding the one note that he failed to destroy. Still and all the individual depictions, from the hardened solitary female senior special agent with no one in her life, not even a cat, to various others, are excellent. Especially meaningful to me is the depiction of the loving wife that becomes suspicious and then unloving because she confuses her husband's loyalty to duty and secrecy with inattention and being scorned, and of course that is rarely the case. Spies need loving trusting wives.
This and "The Falcon and the Snowman" are first rate. Anything with Alec Guiness as George Smiley is first rate. For amusement I like the more recent James Bond films, the Smiths, and True Lies.
Smiley's People (3pc) (Coll)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Falcon and the Snowman
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Widescreen Edition)
Casino Royale (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition)
Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11--How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA Has Endangered National Security
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Deep Cover: The Inside Story of How DEA Infighting, Incompetence and Subterfuge Lost Us the Biggest Battle of the Drug War
Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth'"
Breach Features Perpetual Suspense, Moral Ambiguities
Michael Walter | Washington State | 06/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Breach is a nerve-wracking thriller. Based on a true story, its characters are nearly archetypical, a fact that gives the film, along with its extensive moral ambiguities, haunting power. Here, it's impossible to get away from the big themes: religion, sexuality, psychology, and professionalism are at full and merciless play.
The film is plot and character-driven, without any special effects gloss. Most of it consists of dialogue between Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) and Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe). O'Neill is assigned to keep tabs on Hanssen, providing detailed reports to Kate Burroughs (Laura Linney). Mysterious deadlines loom, and Hanssen, a veteran of Cold War politics, is a tad suspicious of all the goings-on. Hanssen and O'Neill move from room to room, situation to situation; each scene adds a layer of suspense. Further, both men have intriguing and complex moral selves. These selves are illuminated via startling combinations of beliefs and personality traits.
Cooper is amazing as Hanssen. To my mind, he's one of the most fascinating of today's male screen personas, communicating a visible emotional depth and intensity that's fraught with ragged edges. Ryan Phillippe subtly and thoroughly transforms himself through mannerism, voice, and expression. Linney's Burroughs is, on the surface, as hard as nails; a more complicated personality is suggested when she delivers a few moments of much-needed humor, without which the film would be unbearable.
Director Billy Ray has made a film that's polished from start to finish. He and the screenwriters tell the story dispassionately, clinically; they give it an ambiance of objectivity but delay final revelations and easy summaries. Tak Fujimoto's photography is just right, particularly during that bridge sequence, when we get a sense of how quietly and in what solitude people can be betrayed. As a whole, the film has a fascinating, music-like structure.
The whole thing is unforgettable, and the extras on the DVD are great. Plunge into the suspense, but have a comedy ready to watch afterwards.
H. Schneider | window seat | 06/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Obviously it is a very personal question whether something bores someone or not. I, personally, am puzzled by reviews which find this brillant movie boring.
Obviously there is no element of uncertainty in the story: we know from the start what will happen, just because we read newspapers. But due to the smart dialogues and the brillant acting by Chris Cooper and Ryan Philippe, there is an amazing level of suspense.
Cooper's Hanssen should make him a serous Oscar candidate next year, if things are fair in Hollywood. Not that he is short of recognition, of course. He gives us a contradictory, flawed, dominant, and entirely believable psychopath. An office tyrant with a heavy catholic fundamentalist ground swell and slight overtones of erotic madness and damaged ego. The character of his wife, Bonnie, gets less attention than she deserves. How mad is she, after all? Is she involved in any of Hanssen's not so above-board activities? One would like to know.
If I have to complain about something: early in the story, you hear Ryan Ph.'s and his German wife's voice recorder, and her German text is clearly spoken by a non-German. Sometimes these little things can be annoying. Why do American movies so often not make an effort to get their wee little bits of foreign language exposure right? (take Geisha or The Good German as prime examples)