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Don’t Breathe is the latest film from director Fede Alvarez, who also helmed 2013’s Evil Dead remake. Written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, the film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang. The premise? It’s quite simple. A trio of friends, Rocky, Alex and Money (played by Levy, Minnette, and Zovatto respectively) break into the home of a wealthy, blind Iraq War veteran (played by Lang). After successfully gaining entry to the blind man’s home, they truly believe that they’re getting away with the perfect heist that will allow them to leave Detroit once and for all. However, things take a turn for absolute worst, and the perfect game of cat and mouse ensues.
Going into this film, I was excited yet quite terrified. I loved the trailers that we received for Don’t Breathe, especially the red band trailer that arrived a few weeks ago, which perfectly showcases how intense and suspenseful this film really is. When I say suspenseful, I mean suspenseful. While it is evident that there are a number of jump scares throughout this film that are bound to make your heart skip a beat, they’re used quite effectively and aren’t necessarily overdone. We’ll save that for later on in the review. It’s hard not to mention how amazing the performances are in this film. Lang’s character, who has very little dialogue in this film, was beyond terrifying. At any given moment in the film, the blind man will appear to come out of nowhere and send chills down your spine. Levy and Minnette were also fantastic, with Minnette being the stand out to me in this film.
Even though the trio are the ones invading the blind man’s home and attempting to rob him of his millions, you begin rooting for them. You want them to escape the blind man’s clutches. In the second act, you really become attached to them and it’s almost like you’re trapped in there with them. Just when you think they’re finally about to get away, the blind man catches up to them again and again. It’s like a thrilling, never-ending game of cat and mouse that will keep you guessing what’s going to happen next. When you find out why the robbers are doing what they do (see above), you really begin to feel for them. Are they doing the right thing? Not necessarily. But it’s something to make you feel sorry for them. After a series of events unfold in the blind man’s basement, you begin to feel somewhat apologetic for him as well. However, those apologetic feelings quickly dissipate after Rocky and Alex uncover the grisly, disturbing truth about the blind man and his past.
It’s hard to not like what Alvarez offers up with Don’t Breathe. Was it the perfect film? Not by any means. Just like any film, it has its fair amount of flaws—both technical and story-wise. However, I do feel as if the incredible amount of positives in this film overshadow the negatives that it carries. Plus, technical aspects don’t always bother or even catch the eye of many viewers. Issues such as that one can be very subjective, just like any other aspect of a movie.
Overall, Don’t Breathe is a terrifying, suspenseful film that will literally keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire 88 minute runtime. Alvarez proves himself worthy of the horror genre once again, providing a compelling original story and amazing visuals to go along with it. Not to mention, the performances in this film are absolutely fantastic. You become connected with each character, at least the robbers, and understand who they are and what they’re about. Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that Don’t Breathe is a solid 7.8 on my scale.
Will you be heading to the movie theater to check out Don’t Breathe this weekend? What did you think of the trailers for the film? Comment below and let us know! If you’re feeling daring enough, you can click here to watch the red-band trailer for Don’t Breathe. Also, keep an eye out for Justin Lyons’ review for Mechanic: Resurrection, coming your way Friday afternoon. He’ll also have a review out for Morgan on Monday, so stay tuned for that as well! Thank you and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!