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Don’t Breathe is directed by Fede Alvarez, and it stars Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, and Dylan Minnette. It is the latest thriller to be hitting the big screen across the nation, and it’s receiving glowing reviews from critics and fans alike. It tells the story of a small group of burglars as they plan and execute a break-in that could give them enough money to quit forever. The hiccup is the guy they're going to rob is a blind army veteran. When things go terribly wrong during their heist, these kids desperately try to escape this house while being hunted down.
Don’t Breathe may be the most intense film of the year so far. The title of the film is more than a title, it’s a command that the audience unknowingly is forced to adhere to.
The direction by Fede Alvarez is what made this film what it is. Through masterfully crafted suspense, you feel as if you are actually in the house with these people. There are several scenes in the film where you feel claustrophobic and are hesitant to breathe in fear of being too loud.
The most noticeable thing while watching this film is the lack of one thing. Sound. There are many different points when watching this film where the theater was utterly silent. There was no sound coming from the film, and there was no sound coming from the audience. Everybody was so invested in the film and in the characters that you can’t help but feel anxious in throughout the entirety of the film. Don’t Breathe is the type of film that you voluntarily don’t talk during. From the very first shot of the film, the audience is already intrigued by what is going on and what is going to happen.
Stephen Lang gave, by far, the best performance in the film. He brought such a physicality to his character, and the audience couldn’t help be afraid of him, even though he was blind. Every time he was on screen you can’t help but not move a muscle. You’re absolutely terrified of him, even though he’s just a blind guy on a screen. The other actors in the film did decently good job, they definitely didn’t detract from the film. They didn’t bring a whole lot more to it either.
The plot in this film is what makes it great. It’s such a simple plot, it doesn’t bite off more than it can chew or add unnecessary plot twists. The plot summary on IMDb is “A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re very wrong.” It keeps the plot concise and neat and not overly horrific. It feels like a real situation. Even in this simplistic plot, you have no clue what to expect. You honestly don’t know if any of these characters are going to live or die, and that makes the film a thrill to watch.
Towards the end of the film, the storytelling does get a little messy. It doesn’t quite flow as well as it had been throughout the rest of the film. It feels a little uneven and uncoordinated. Although, that is the only real drawback about this film. Before this point, this film is a fantastic thriller and if you like those type of films, you’re going to love it.
Don’t Breathe is the most intense film of the year so far. The plot isn't overly complicated, and it works so well because of that. It does get a little off-kilter towards its conclusion, but overall Don't Breathe was extremely entertaining. The use of silence in the film brought an extra level of intensity, and Stephen Lang’s physicality really gets your heart racing. I wouldn’t call this a horror film, it’s more of a really intense thriller.
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