Robin Wright Penn
And being a movie, of course there are consequences.
The film is nicely directed; the imagery of London, the juxtaposition between the characters, the way the camera lingers on Juliette Binoche—Minghella knows what he’s doing. The same can’t be said for his script though. Aside from the occasional crappy dialogue (what is it with the main character and metaphors?), BREAKING AND ENTERING falls apart at its very core plot point; we never understand why Jude Law falls in love with Juliette Binoche. We get he’s mildly unhappy with his girlfriend at home, but he literally sees Binoche for three seconds and the next day he’s over at her place acting charming and British. It’s just sloppy writing. The worlds of the two characters are well realized separately, but when they come together in the second half it feels clumsy and unfocused. I like the way things tied together in the end (even if Jude Law’s rationale isn’t too logical), but then, like the film as a whole, the good also comes with some bad. There’s a penultimate scene with Law and Robin Wright Penn in the street that drops the emotional ball so badly I actually laughed.
So it’s half good, half bad, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that the performances slightly push BREAKING AND ENTERING past the average mark. I couldn’t shake the feeling that Jude Law was too young to play a character weathered by life and a ten-year relationship, but he does well acting the part. And Juliette Binoche should win an award for Best Actress Playing a Bosnian MILF. The Office’s Martin Freeman and THE DEPARTED’s Vera Farmiga also shine, but in small supporting roles that are ultimately forgotten. Henderson has a romantic subplot that’s pointless to the story, while Farmiga literally disappears just as her character was starting to get interesting. That seems to be a recurring theme with BREAKING AND ENTERING.
Commentary by writer/director Anthony Minghella: Just your average commentary by the intelligent, soft-spoken director. The most interesting thing was hearing his original idea for the story: A couple comes home to discover someone has broken in and left them things instead of stealing them.
Making of BREAKING AND ENTERING (12:51): Your everyday BTS doc, but well produced and good balance of coverage between the director, actors, and the film’s themes.
Deleted Scenes (8:46): I was hoping for some new stuff to fix the problems I had in the second act, but no luck.
A Theatrical Trailer.
Extra Tidbit: To break in to the warehouse and make their escape, the thieves use a sport called parkour, which has recently been seen in movies like CASINO ROYALE and DISTRICT B13.