‘Don’t Breathe’ is a horror/thriller about a group of kids (Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto) that try to rob a blind dude (Stephen Lang). I don’t really want to give away much more than that. I decided to wait to post this review because I had to think about how I felt about this movie. There are a lot of effed up things that happen in this film, but I’ve decided that it was one of my favorite horror movies this year.
First of all, I have to give some props to the director Fede Alvarez. I really liked his remake of ‘Evil Dead’ in 2013 and this movie has a really similar style to it. I love that this director doesn’t just linger on character exposition and lets the watcher figure some things out for themselves. He also has some shots that are just beautifully done. Long. sweeping, and just downright pretty. The cast was also great! Dylan Minnette stood out to me the most, as I have only seen him in the recent ‘Goosebumps’ movie which isn’t exactly a cinematic classic. His character became the one that I rooted for the most, even though that poor child seemed to have the worst luck ever. That brings me to one if my gripes with this movie. Some of these characters make some reallllllllllly dumb choices. At first when I was thinking about this movie that made me hate it, but then I realized that if I were in their situation I probably wouldn’t do everything perfectly.
One more thing is that I will warn you, there is one scene that just about made me projectile vomit across the whole theater. There are just some things in movies that I think don’t need to be shown and can be implied. Just figured I would throw that out there. If you have seen the movie I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
‘Don’t Breathe’ is really a great overall film, not just a horror movie. The choices from cinematography to score were really done well and with a lot of thought. You can tell that the director really believed in what he was making. I would recommend this film to anyone that loves a good creepy thriller, or anybody that likes holding as still as possible in the theater so your chair doesn’t squeak.