DVD Review: Breach

Hi all…

Finally got a chance to see a couple of movies over the Labor Day weekend

The first was Breach, which came out in early 2007. It told the story about FBI agent Robert Hanssen who was convicted of selling vital U.S. intelligence secrets to the Russians in the early 1990s.

IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401997/

Starring Ryan Phillipe, Chris Cooper, and Laura Linney, it was a great script – tight writing, well acted, well filmed. A definite film to see if you like thrillers based on real events. It actually made me consider Ryan Phillipe an actor as opposed to a mannequin (can’t say I’ve liked any of his earlier films).

The only thing I thought was a bit overdone in a few places was the makeup on Chris Cooper, who played Hanssen. For some reason they really overdid it towards the end, but beyond that I couldn’t find fault with the movie.

[rating:3.5/4]

It made me think a bit — How much of the script and capture of Hanssen was PR for the FBI and US intelligence community? And how much of Hanssen’s actions led to the events of 9/11?

Evidently Hanssen is locked up in a Colorado maximum security prison and spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. We’ll never know how much damage the man did to U.S. interests.

But the movie gets a solid 3.5 out of 4 stars from me. Great renter.

–Fitz

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