Movie review by
Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media
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Unoriginal sci-fi horror has violence, swearing, terror.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 92 minutes

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Positive Messages

Working together as a team in order to build a better world and life for your loved ones.

Positive Role Models

Diversity within cast, but no lead roles for the female characters. Some characters are bad-tempered and violent, unhelpful toward others until forced to work together.


Guns fired into air to disperse crowds. Punch knocks someone to the floor, although this is then laughed off between colleagues. Character tasered and manhandled by spaceship's crew. Threats to break a character's legs and kick their teeth in. Characters' bodies invaded by deadly space organisms. Character explodes off screen, blood spray across a room that covers people and walls. Character dragged off in a choke hold, handcuffed to shelving unit to be detained. Character beaten to death against a wall. Character's throat bitten open, bleeds to death. Characters shoot assailants with space-age rifles and flamethrowers. Twitching, severed body parts reassemble themselves.


A couple who are expecting their first child kiss and embrace.


Language used includes "f--k," "f--king," "f--ked up," "mother--ker," "s--t," "bitch," "goddammit," and "idiot."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character smokes e-cigar, blows vape smoke. Other character smokes cigarettes and other substances, appears mildly intoxicated and refers to being "so 'f--king' high right now."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Breach is a dismal sci-fi horror movie about a deadly plague, and includes frequent violence and gory deaths. The movie mostly follows the maintenance crew of an "ark" spaceship -- including former soldier Clay (Bruce Willis) -- who are tasked with eradicating a deadly parasite that turns their crew mates into zombie-like killers. Once the parasite begins to run riot infecting passengers, there are several on-screen bloody deaths with people being blown up with severed body parts displayed. There are also plenty of fight scenes and the use of guns and flamethrowers. In one particularly graphic scene, a character has their throat bitten out. Spoiler alert: The parasite eventually takes the form of a CGI alien, who causes more death and destruction. There is occasional drinking and smoking -- including an e-cigar. One character claims to be "high" after smoking an unspecified substance.

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What's the story?

BREACH follows the maintenance crew of an "ark" spaceship, including former soldier Clay (Bruce Willis), as it sets sail to "New Earth" to escape a deadly plague. Their journey plunges them into mortal danger with the emergence on board of a parasite that possesses humans and threatens their existence.

Is it any good?

Some movies leave audiences asking "How did this get made?" -- this movie falls more into the category of "Why did they bother?" With Willis and the rest of the cast not so much playing their parts, but rather sleepwalking through them, Breach has to be the only spaceship-set movie where the characters fighting off a deadly parasite feel about as present as the ones safely sealed in hibernation pods for the duration of their voyage.

Just in case there was any danger of experiencing any genuine suspense, the nominal lead character is named Noah (Cody Kearsley) and boards an "ark" spaceship, only for a series of underwritten plot points and underdeveloped characters to arrive along with a zombie plague. The result is what feels like an extended infomercial about how to operate a flamethrower indoors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Breach. Did the blood and gore seem over the top? Did the violent scenes help tell the story in an effective way? Was it shocking or thrilling? Why? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?

  • Talk about the strong language used in the movie. Did it seem necessary or excessive? What did it contribute to the movie?

  • Did you find it scary? Did the aliens taking over the bodies of humans in space remind you of any other movies? What's the appeal of scary movies?

  • Discuss the relationship between Noah and Clay. How did it change over time? How did their backstories shape who they are by the time they meet? Why is it important to get to know people properly?

  • Talk about the movie's special effects. Were they convincing? Why do you think some of the most dramatic incidents were unseen?

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