Today I watched two horror films in one sitting simply because it was a chill day, and I needed some background noise while I sorted some things. Instead, I ended up being drawn into the background noise. The first film was The Autopsy of Jane Doe, something I will review later on, and the second was Don’t Breathe which has been hyped up for a while.
Don’t Breathe follows three thieves – Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Daniel Zovatto) and Money (Dylan Minette). They each carry their own reason for doing what they do, but overall they just want to make that last score so they can change their lives.
Money comes up with a plan to rob veteran Stephan Lang, who is simply known as The Blind Man, as he won a settlement after his daughter was killed in a hit and run by a rich girl. Thinking it should be an easy score, Money and Rocky are ready to go, while Alex is unsure.
While other robberies have been minor, this time Money brings a gun, which essentially means The Blind Man can protect his home using all forms necessary. He brings down the shutters on the house and secures the three inside with him. Thinking he’d be at a disadvantage, The Blind Man and his ferocious pooch begin to show why the 3 would be burglars picked the wrong house.
Fede Alvarez builds up the tension using great set pieces, he lets the audience watch helplessly as they are unable to tell the 3 that they’re slowly working towards their demise, and there’s nothing they can do about it. Don’t Breathe is a brutal film loaded with eye squinting moments, with an ending that will leave you in shock and awe. Stephen Lang is fantastic as the man who shouldn’t have been messed with – making us wonder if he’s crossed the line in protecting his home. A must watch indeed.