A mechanic unwittingly becomes a hero in this latest sci-fi action film from the director of 3022.
It is the year 2242. A plague has wiped out virtually all of planet Earth. In an effort to save humanity, people have been heading onboard ships to the colony of New Earth, located on the outskirts of the galaxy. On what is to be the final spaceship to go to New Earth, a couple, Noah and Kelly are set to board. However, Noah is a stowaway but keeps Kelly close as she is pregnant with his baby. Things are complicated when Kelly is revealed to be the daughter of the admiral. When Kelly and the Admiral are sent to cryo for six months, Noah stays in real time to work as a mechanic after Kelly lies about him to her father.
Noah’s superior is Clay Davis, a tough as nails ex-officer turned legend among the crew. At first, Noah finds himself suspected amongst Clay and Commander Stanley. However, things are about to go from bad to worse. An alien symbiote has appeared onboard. When fellow officer Blue is attacked by the creature, he is transformed into a zombie-like state. Soon enough, he begins an attack which spreads the alien towards its victims. When the crew slowly begin to turn, Noah, Clay, and a few others must now fight to survive not only for themselves, but for those stuck in cryo in the fight for humanity.
This sci-fi film, directed by 3022 helmer John Suits tackles the same general genre but whereas 3022 was somewhat of a horror-based psychological thriller, this one is more of an in your face sci-fi action film that meshes the likes of Venom and The Walking Dead if set in space. We’re not talking anyone turning into a Marvel-style character, but more of an alien symbiote-like creature that turns its victims into zombies by eating them from the inside (like the 1985 horror classic The Stuff).
The cast is top notch and while we have veterans like Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane, and Rachel Nichols, the lead star is none other than Cody Kearsley. Many will know Kearsley for his role as Moose Mason on the hit TV series Riverdale. As Noah, Kearsley has what a potential action hero tends to be: young, rugged, and with an emotional range that displays why Noah is there, he calls Kelly and their unborn child “his family” even though we know he shouldn’t be there to begin with. A definite unsung hero with this film.
As for Bruce Willis, he’s his typical badass self as Clay, the ex-military officer who at first is at odds with Noah, but soon becomes his mentor and comrade in arms. Rachel Nichols also does a good job as Chambers, the ship’s medic who discovers the deadly amoeba responsible for the terror onboard. Thomas Jane gets limited screen time as the Admiral, but boy when he comes on screen, he makes the most of it. The film also allows stuntman/actor Callan Mulvey of Bleeding Steel and Captain America: The Winter Soldier a chance to once again get a bigger role in the form of officer Teek. The action, provided by stunt coordinator Van Ayasit (who also plays officer Xu), is pretty fun and at times graphic to watch and drives the film as well.
Breach is a step up for director John Suits in terms of the sci-fi genre. Cody Kearsley makes for an unsung hero with some great support from veterans Willis, Nichols, and Thomas Jane.
WFG RATING: B+
Saban Films presents a 308 Entertainment and Almost Never Films Inc. production in association with Aloe Entertainment. Director: John Suits. Producers: Corey Large and Danny Roth. Writers: Corey Large and Edward Drake. Cinematography: Will Stone.
Cast: Cody Kearsley, Bruce Willis, Rachel Nichols, Kassandra Clementi, Thomas Jane, Callan Mulvey, Johann Urb, Timothy V. Murphy, Alexander Kane, Corey Large, Ralf Moeller.