Don’t Breathe is a horror thriller directed by Fede Alvarez, written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, and starring Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and Stephan Lang. The film follows a gang of thieves, Rocky, Alex and Money. (Levy, Minnette, Zovatto respectively) who want to steal enough cash and valuables so they can sell it all and leave their dump of a town – where else but Detroit. Their next target isn’t the usual one though. A blind war veteran (Stephan Lang) is sitting on a ton of cash just across town. But as they work their way though his house, they start to wish they had never gone inside in the first place.
I remember seeing the trailer for this a good while ago. I was absolutely fascinated by the concept of not making noise as to not attract attention from your blind killer. I was just super excited to go and see this. Although I was a bit concerned after seeing Lights Out, which, in my opinion, tried to squeeze out way too much from its concept alone. That being said, I liked this movie way more than the other. I thought this film had a much greater selection of scares and didn’t depend solely on its concepts to get them. While this film does do the “killer is right in front of you, don’t make a noise” scene quite a lot, there was a multitude of other cool scares that just brought up the entire experience altogether.
I thought the lead actors were all serviceable and delivered good performances. Personally, I never really go to a horror film expecting great acting, so of course, if it is there, I really appreciate it. In this film’s case, it was perfectly fine, even pretty damn awesome. My standout for the film though has to be Stephan Lang as The Blind Man. Not only was his performance great, but his character was just so cool and interesting that he had me on board from the very moment the film started.
I liked a lot of the directing and the cinematography from this film as well. It’s all very cool and only heightens the terrifying scares in the film. Don’t even get me started on the tension though. The subject matter of the film leads to a lot of quiet moments throughout it, so I think that’s the perfect way of building tension. It never felt forced and usually led to natural jump-scares.
Going back to a point of characters, I thought to myself at one point or another while watching this, “God, is anyone in this film a good person?” Not only are we watching a movie about three people trying to rob a blind man, but the blind man has secrets of his own! I loved it. This film is about bad people doing bad things and it just gets worse the longer you watch. This film evolved in its grossness to the point where I had to apologize to the person sitting next to me for gagging loudly.
Overall, I loved Don’t Breathe. I thought it was a fantastic, unpredictable horror thriller that had me on the edge of my set for 100% of the experience. With cool action scenes as well as some gruesomely disturbing ones as well, I definitely recommend this film.
4 out of 5
Check out Ethan’s video review of Don’t Breathe below!