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Inspired by the True Story of the Greatest Security Breach in U.S. History.
|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.|
"...a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"...isn't just a solid thriller; it's also an ambitious and engrossing piece of narrative journalism. Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"The acting is superb, particularly from the three principals. Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"A compelling and eerily effective little drama. Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Editor's NoteChris Cooper (ADAPTATION) gives a remarkable performance as complicated and bitter FBI agent Robert Hanssen in BREACH. Hanssen is a computer specialist who, after 25 years of service, is put under surveillance as a suspected sex offender. Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe, CRASH) is the ambitious young upstart they put on the job, assigning him to pose as Hanssen's new clerk in order to win his trust and keep an eye on his every move. Eric is dismayed to be put on such low-priority detail, accustomed as he is to investigating high-profile terrorism suspects. His reluctance is multiplied as he gets to know the subject of his inquiry; Hanssen is at first harsh towards his young secretary, but as he opens up, Eric gets to know and respect him as a family man of strong Catholic faith. Soon, however, Hanssen is infiltrating Eric's personal life and causing problems between him and his wife, Juliana (Caroline Dhavernas, HOLLYWOODLAND), and just when Eric is about to give up the case, he discovers that it is much bigger than he ever imagined. Eric finds himself in the middle of an investigation into the biggest security breach in U.S. history, forcing him to resort to dramatic and ingenious tactics in order to bring down the suspect. Director Billy Ray's first directorial effort was the dramatization of the Stephen Glass scandal at the D.C. magazine The New Republic in SHATTERED GLASS, and here he once again turns his eye--with great success--to a true story with a complex villain. Cooper's excellent characterization invites pity and horror in equal measure; his performance is well supported in this character-driven thriller by Laura Linney (KINSEY) as the hard-nosed agent leading the investigation, and Phillippe as the resourceful and introspective O'Neill.
Breach - DVD
By: Rafe Telsch Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 6/13/2007 12:00 AM
|Breach focuses on Eric O'Neil (Ryan Phillippe), a young man in the Federal Bureau of Investigations who is pushing to become an agent. Instead of the brash upstart character, O'Neil is portrayed as quite a nice guy. He credits his partners when he submits proposals for upgrades to FBI systems instead of taking all the credit for himself and potentially getting on a faster track. He honestly cares about serving his country, so it is with trepidation that he accepts a new assignment as an office clerk for Robert Hanssen, a former American spy on the Soviet Union. ...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Adam Mazer - Based On Story By|
|Andrew M. Stearn - Art Director|
|Billy Ray - Director|
|Billy Ray, et. al. - Screenplay|
|Jeffrey Ford - Editor|
|Jeffrey Silver - Producer|
|Mychael Danna - Original Music By|
|Sidney Kimmel - Executive Producer|
|Tak Fujimoto - Cinematographer|
|William Rotko - Based On Story By|