Review: Don't Breathe

Now who's the worst?

Rocky (Jane Levy) is sick of being stuck in Detroit with her abusive mother and dreams of a better life for herself and her younger sister. She and her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and their friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) decide to rob a blind man's (Stephen Lang) house. He settled for a six figure pay out when a rich family causes the death of his daughter and they believe it to be hidden in the house. Of course, nothing about this robbery goes as planned.

I usually stay away from home invasion movies, they tend to all feel the same to me, but this one was getting great reviews and I enjoyed Levy in the Evil Dead remake and what I saw of Suburgatory. I'm glad I gave it a shot, this movie didn't go where I was expecting it to at all.

I love when movies make you question on who you should be rooting for. I haven't seen a film do it this well since I Saw The Devil. It relies a less jump scares (though there's definitely a few) and more on the sense of building dread. I found myself tense throughout as I kept thinking something would happen at *that* moment, only to find myself still waiting.

The acting from Levy and Minnette is very good, and Lang is extremely menacing. Zovatto is pretty terrible but he's not in it enough to ruin it. (That's not a spoiler, it's revealed in the trailer) It's not very gory, I was actually surprised to see that it had an R rating because it felt like a good PG13 throughout, which is so rare. 

Even if you don't like horror films, I have to suggest this one on general fucked up-ness alone.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Whatever you choose, I'm with you." - Alex (Dylan Minnette)

10 comments:

  1. LOVE this movie. Honestly, I didn't know Zovatto wasn't going to be in it long based on the trailer. but glad u liked this too!

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    1. Really? The trailer I saw showed him getting shot. lol I'm glad we both loved it!

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  2. I enjoyed this review...excellent! I didn't have much want to see this film but now, I do.

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  3. I think it's a little too dark for a pg-13, especially in the film's final act where it gets very dark.

    Personally, I didn't think Zovatto was bad, just his character was a right dick but, yeah, this film was tense and not just lazy jump scares.

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    1. Yeah that turkey baster in general might warrant an R rating *shudders* but the rest of it felt pretty tame.

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  4. I f--king loved this movie. I thought it was pretty brutal honestly, though not in the ballpark of Evil Dead (that shit was bananas).

    That dude was menacing as f--k. He absolutely destroyed Money. Twice!

    Great review!

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    1. Brutal is almost an understatement for that dude. I'm glad you liked it too.

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  5. Great review! So glad you liked this one, too!
    Lang was exceptional in this, but so does, Minette. I don't really like Jane Levy's character, but she's rad!

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    1. I like Jane Levy quite a bit. She's awesome.

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