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Movie Reviews

DVD Review: “Breaking and Entering”

(The Weinstein Company Home Entertainment. 2007. Color. 1 Disc. Widescreen. Rated R. Directed by Anthony Minghella.) Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn, Vera Farmiga. Music by Gabriel Yared and Underworld.

Director Minghella brings back his favorite leading man, Law (Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, etc.) in this drama which has some interesting, effective moments, but doesn’t add up to a satisfying whole. Law plays an architect setting up new offices in the King’s Cross (read: crime-ridden) section of central London. Not too surprisingly, the place keeps getting broken into, and Law stakes out the place at night, where he encounters a street hooker (Farmiga, providing some funny moments). His business partner, meanwhile, seems less interested in catching the crooks than catching the eye of the young black cleaning lady, one of the burglary suspects. Law’s stakeout sessions are partly to avoid being home, where he’s having problems with his Swedish wife (Penn) and her autistic daughter. Turns out the burglaries are being committed by a teenage gang member, whose widowed mother (Binoche) wants them to return to their native Sarajevo. Law tracks the kid to his house, meets the attractive mother, and…perhaps you can guess the rest. Comments are attempted, but not too strongly, on the haves vs. have-nots, the privileged vs. the newly-arrived refugee class in London. The acting is fine, but the movie’s pacing…well, there really isn’t any; stuff just kinda happens, and you’ll forget all about it the minute it’s over. Extras include commentary with the director; a making-of featurette; deleted scenes; and a trailer.