Movie Review: Breach

I heard many good things about Breach (Widescreen Edition) [affiliate] so I decided to rent it. This is the story based on a true story of Robert Hanssen, a FBI agent that was charged with espionage for the Soviet Union. The story that Breach consists of is more of the story about Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillippe), the rookie that is trying to make agent status in the FBI who was primarily behind the take-down of Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper).
This movie not only had you on the edge of your seat from the superb acting, but it also had another level of interaction when you realize that this actually happened. Of course, there’s probably some embellishment from the writers and director, but overall, it makes you wonder how spies and other people actually act and how or why they do the things they do.
Since it’s not really giving anything away being a true story and all, it’s pretty crazy to actually know that Hanssen was doing this for at least fifteen years and had compromised a number of FBI resources. What’s even more strange is the fact that he didn’t do it for much money over the number of years he compromised the information. Overall, the story is that he had made a bit over 1.4 million over the time. If you think about the fact that the consequences is treason which usually results in the death penalty, that’s pretty pathetic payment to actually take that type of risk. Obviously there was some ego or some sort of motive.
In any case, the movie itself will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat if you’re looking for a bit of a spy thriller. The events in the movie are compiled from all of the interviews and books and other such resources on Hanssen and O’Neill. And enjoy watching the nail-biter on what is said to be the worst intelligence disaster in American history.