A group of friends attempt to rob the house of a blind veteran
and end up trapped by him in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.
Don't Breathe (2016)
Directed by Fede Alvarez
Written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues
Starring Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Stephen Lang,
Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici, Franciska Töröcsik
Don't Breathe was a thrilling home invasion story that took a hard left towards the end into dark disturbing territory that left a bad taste in my mouth. Anchored by strong performances from all, this film succeeds in transforming a premise that barely would've worked for a short film into a full length feature with memorable characters and a good number of scares. In the end, it just wasn't what I was looking for. I was hoping for something more on the level of You're Next. Instead, Don't Breathe gets weird and uncomfortable once you realize what the Blind Man's true motives are.
Stephen Lang delivered a phenomenal performances with barely any dialogue. He made the Blind Man a terrifying force to be reckoned with and his presence is felt throughout the film since you never know where he's gonna pop up in his murder house next. Jane Levy was a great protagonist, even if she and her friends were horrible people intending to rob a blind guy. If the blind guy hadn't turned out to be a psychotic, they would've been impossible to root for. Still, she did a good job and I would rank her performance here to be as good as her turn as Mia in the Evil Dead reboot.
If the film hadn't gone down the rabbit hole and made me cringe, I would've enjoyed it much more. There are some filmmaking tactics that are brilliant in Don't Breathe, particularly the scene shot entirely in pitch black darkness. Claustrophobia is scary to pretty much everyone and this scene definitely brought that to mind as the Blind Man hunted them down in his basement. Most of the film was on par with that, but I just didn't like the attempted shock value they were going for.