Breach

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Universal Pictures Released 2007

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Director:
Billy Ray
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13
Breach is the 2007 low key spy thriller based on a true story from acclaimed writer-director Billy Ray (Shattered Glass). Eric O'Neill (Ryan Phillippe) is a young man who works for the FBI and wants desperately to become an agent. Because of his skill with computers, Eric is picked by Special Agent Kate Burroughs (the lovely Laura Linney) to spy on Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), an FBI analyst Burroughs says is suspected of being a sexual deviant. Assigned to be Hanssen's assistant, O'Neill comes to know Hanssen as a brilliant, prickly, extremely conservative, deeply religious and deeply unsatisfied man. O'Neill grows disenchanted with his assignment, feeling it a waste of his time, until Burroughs tells him the real story. The FBI suspects Hanssen of selling secrets, first to the Soviet Union and then to Russia, since the mid 1980s. They need to find the proof before Hanssen retires in two months and they need Eric to help them do it.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Filled with tension, deception and bravura acting, Breach is a crackling tale of real-life espionage that doubles as a compelling psychological drama.

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    One of the strengths of Breach, a thriller that manages to excite and unnerve despite our knowing the ending, is how well it captures the utter banality of this man and his world.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Just as somber as "The Good Shepherd," the most recent domestic spy drama, but more tightly focused, Breach absorbingly zeroes in on how the FBI nailed the most damaging turncoat i...

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