Hollywood has churned out another horror film that honestly from the trailers looked good, but based off past experience I expected it would miss the mark. I mean it seemed to be the typical formula of a group of young adults that find themselves in a situation of terror and death. We have seen this basic core story how many times dealing with everything from maniacs to paranormal threats. So I went in expecting a bad movie. I was proven wrong.
Directed by Fede Alverez, Don’t Breathe is actually a breath of fresh air. The synopsis is simple enough:
Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he’s an easy target, the trio invades the man’s secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.
What made this film stand out for me in the trailers was simply the fact the victim The Blind Man, (as IMDB calls him) played by Stephan Lang, isn’t much of a victim at all. In fact far from it. Without giving away any spoilers this character is so good and well played that at first you are defending the guy with thoughts of “Good these punks get what they deserve targeting on an old blind man like that”, however the movie reaches a point where the tables are turned and you find yourself screaming for this once poor blind man now turned into twisted crazy blind man’s death.
I won’t say too much about the story itself. It is one you need to see unfold. The film is well done. Not amazing, but well done. The flow is just right for this type of suspense/horror thriller. It doesn’t rely on gore to shock the viewers, but actually falls back to the old standard of suspenseful shock. Will the twist the storyline takes go down in history as one of the most shocking? Not so much, but it is unpredictable and adds to the meat of the story itself.
I’m a sucker for unique stories and honestly the blind aspect of the film appealed to me and it does make the movie. However unlike the movie Late Phases (one I would recommend as well) the blind man is not the hero or the good guy. You will find yourself despising the man after you just start feeling sorry for him.
Don’t Breathe isn’t the best horror/suspense thriller ever to be released, but it is worth seeing and adding to your collection when it’s released on DVD.