Movie Review: Don’t Breathe (2016)

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People breaking into someone’s home to steal shit, a crime. This poses a few questions: Should you hide or fight? Should you be allowed to kill the person breaking in? Should you be held accountable for said killing? I’d like to know your thoughts.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Don’t Breathe”.

Three young thieves (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) hear about a house that apparently has a shit-load of money in it, so they decide to break into it and try to steal said money. The owner of the house (Stephen Lang) is apparently blind, so our “heroes” of course think it will be a cakewalk. However they soon find out that it’s not that easy because this blind man is an ex-soldier that is not to be messed with. So now our “heroes” have to escape without getting killed. And now we have a very simple and tense plot that I thought was great. There were also some pretty interesting twists throughout the movie when it comes to the blind man that made everything a bit more interesting. There was one small thing about the plot that kind of bugged me, and that is how the first shot in the movie kind of spoils the movie. Long story short, it’s a shot from a later point in the movie, and then they jump back in time to show how they got there. It’s not the biggest problem in the world, but it did annoy me a little bit. Other than that, I thought the plot was damn good.

The characters in this movie are interesting in a few different ways. Jane Levy played the main-main character, Rocky, and I thought she was great in the movie, playing this young, motivated woman who is stuck in this horrible situation. Stephen lang was pretty fucking awesome as the blind, buff, badass, scary, man that these young folks decided to mess with. Really, I wouldn’t stay as far away as possible from that man. Then we had Dylan Minnette as this nice, young man that kind of just wanted to help his friend and he was really good in the movie. Then we have Daniel Zovatto as Money (actual name), Rocky’s boyfriend… how do I best put it? The performance itself wasn’t bad, but the character was really annoying. He was that guy who you see in town, trying to act all tough and “gangsta”, but it jsut ends up getting on your nerves. Yeah, that’s his character in this movie.

The original score for the movie was composed by Roque Baños and it was pretty solid. There was never a track in the score that was truly original, but the score was well composed and it was used very well to build tension throughout the movie.

The movie was directed by Fede Alvarez and I think he did a great job. His direction here is tight and very tense. He manages to build a lot of suspense throughout and I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie. There were some jumpscares in the movie, but I didn’t really mind them. Usually jumpscares are just annoying and serve no purpose other than to give you a jolt of adrenaline because lazy filmmaking. But the jumpscares featured in “Don’t Breathe” are genuine and actually worked very well in the movie. Also, this movie does not shy away from the R-rating. You get to see some pretty brutal stuff in this movie, and I am actually kind of glad that we got to see them, because those bits did kind of benefit the movie. For those that have seen the movie, try to imagine the movie being PG-13… yeah, does not compute, right? But really, I can’t stress enough how tense this movie was, as in actual tension, something a lot of modern horror movies severely lacks.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 87% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 71/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Don’t Breathe” is one of the most refreshing modern horro movies that I’ve seen (keep in mind, I don’t watch too many horror movies). It has a really good plot, interesting characters, great performances, really good music, and great direction. However I have to deduct some points from the movie because of that opening spoiler shot and because of that annoying boyfriend character. Time for my final score. *Blindly grabs envelope*. My final score for “Don’t Breathe” is an 8,97/10. Even if it’s not perfect, I’d still say that it’s worth buying.
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My review of “Don’t Breathe” is now completed.

“Daredevil”, “Rogue One”, “Don’t Breathe”… Yeah, don’t mess with blind people… ever.

 

 

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