“Don’t Breathe” Review ✦✦✦✦✧

9 September, 2016

Director: Fede Alvarez
Screenwriters: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Director of Photography: Pedro Luque
Cast: Stephen Lang, Dylan Minnette

Synopsis: A trio of burglars rob an aging blind man with a cash fortune but their strategy leads to pandemonium after the old man proves to be a ruthless madman who will do anything to protect his property.

Don’t Breathe Review:

Everyone has secrets behind closed doors and “Don’t Breathe” couldn’t be more brutal in its lack of morality. The film pits bad against bad, villain against villain, as bullets ricochet in an enclosed death trap which transforms the hunters into the hunted. The movie is an unyielding backdoor thriller with a plot that does a screeching 180 turn after its criminal protagonists fall victim to the brutal resistance tactics of a blind war veteran.

“Don’t Breathe” is a story of fear as much as it’s a game of survival and the threat only becomes greater as the plot thickens. The characters’ wealthy target knows the layout of his home, the echoes, the shapes, and the smells, as he lumbers forth in a wife-beater with the intention of eliminating all impostors. He’s a tough mark with a lewd history and his house is a Pandora’s Box of secrets and strategy; a place where he waits in the darkness like an alligator peeking out from the depths of a cloudy swamp.

“Don’t Breathe” is one level up from Mike Flanagan’s “Hush” as the interplay between both sides is simply plotted yet ceaselessly effective. The man’s blindness removes most of his need for dialogue as he engages in violent scuffles that require nothing more than physical strength and weaponry. It’s brutal, primal even, as a trio of lawbreakers willingly step into a world of chaos and desperately seek out a means of escape.


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