Friday, January 13, 2017

DON'T BREATHE

Don't Breathe Movie Review

Three burglars find more than they expect to when they break into the home of a blind man (Stephen Lang, The Monkey's Paw, Tombstone)--not only does the old man have tons of money, but he also has a mean streak they were unprepared for. I'll get the typical stuff out of the way for this review--there is a fair amount of blood, some gruesome death scenes, and lots of action taking place in the dark--none of this is the reason to watch this movie.

"Then why should I watch...err..."

The suspense! The wondering what will happen with each step, each turn of the corner, each...yes...breath. This film has a way of bringing you into the situation, making you feel like holding your breath as the blind man gets closer and closer. This movie also makes for a good character study--the blind man lives in the ghetto, is blind as the result of an explosion while he was in the Armed Forces, and only has tons of money because his daughter was killed in an accident. The three thieves are shown robbing a different house in the film's opening scene, and you will immediately dislike them as a result. But alas, as the story unfolds, we learn why the thieves do what they do--Rocky (Jane Levy) wants to escape her trailer park nightmare life, Alex (Dylan Minnette) is in it for the girl, and Money (Daniel Zovatto)...well, Money only seems here to give the audience somebody to truly dislike, annoy Alex, and he's dating Rocky. We also discover much later in the film the blind man is hiding a few dark secrets...wait, that one wasn't intentional. The intention is obvious--make you cheer for the three youngsters--but for me (and my girlfriend for that matter) there was just one problem with all this: it's hard to cheer for three people who, for all they knew going in, was robbing an innocent, blind old man who had lost his daughter and had done nothing wrong. Regardless of what unfolded in the house, had they not been greedy bottom feeders, they would have never found themselves in this situation to begin with. As you watch this film, if you share my opinion, you will be very disappointed in the ending--going with how writer/director Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead 2013) wants you to feel will likely lead to a more pleasant ending for you. All told, Don't Breathe isn't quite the movie it's cracked up to be--that said, it is still a pretty good film.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7


Don't Breathe Movie Trailer

2 comments:

  1. I'm dying to see this one! I need to clear my schedule soon and watch it.

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  2. It's certainly worth making the time. It breathes some fresh air into the genre.

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