Don’t Breathe gives a whole new meaning to many expressions, the most prominent being “Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” and “On The Edge Of Your Seat”. The movie offers a rollercoaster ride of emotion, suspense and thrills mixed with a phenomenal score as a well as well-endowed cast.
The Fede Alvarez directed feature introduces us to Rocky, a young woman who agrees to take part in the robbery of a house, wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more ruthless adversary than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his latest victims.
Although the cast comprises of just the trio, the blind man and well, the dog, many components of the film take a character of their own that add to the tension on the screen. The score is exhilarating as it can be, making us grab on to the couch. Also, the breathing sounds of the thieves add to the already very chilly environment. On the other hand, the silence doesn’t go unnoticed and is complimentary to the score. When everything calms down, the viewer would expect for something to pop-out and scare but that usually never happens, increasing the anticipation more and more. Another “so-called” character is the camera itself, who acted as an omnipresent storyteller, focusing on key objects in the house hinting that they will play a certain role later on.
The movie spends a couple of minutes at the start giving the robbers motif for the heist and then jumps right off into the action. The director does not linger on pointless backstories but focuses on us getting attached to people who just made a wrong decision. A decision that takes them to a house that makes for an extremely claustrophobic space that acts like a dollhouse, with the kids as the blind man’s dolls. The in the dark sequence attests to that. It was shot magnificently and the look of terror on the actors is genuine.
If a movie has the ability to make you scream at you screen, I guess it’s doing a good job. Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy and Stephen Lang were at the top of their game. And all in all, the idea behind Don’t Breathe was new and innovative.
Director: Fede Alvarez
Cast: Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Stephen Lang
Score: A+ (Worth The Popcorn)