Introducing a creative new thriller/horror of 2016! Our film is about 3 thieves and their newly selected victim. The trio of thieves choose to break into a house during the night, having chosen the house of a blind man. The man also lives alone. Their goal is to rob him of his large fortune, however, their new mystery victim (aka the blind man) isn’t as helpless as they all assumed.
One of the best highlights from this film is it doesn’t require a great deal of story or information in order to get the film going. Within a matter of minutes, we are introduced to our 3 thieves (with brief stories where required) and then boom, we are taken straight into a very dark thrill ride. While films like this cannot elicit much discussion on my behalf (due to spoilers ), I will suggest when viewing this film to simply watch it with your lights turned off and be generous with your surround sound system. The film only has a small fist full of actors, but when it comes to sound mixing, in this film you really notice every bit of detail coming from the victim’s home- floor creaking, glass breaking, guns firing, tools dropping- it’s all here and the house sounds alive.
Actor Stephen Lang plays ‘The Blind Man’. While I’m very familiar with his acting career, he is mostly known as the lead villain in 2009’s Avatar (or a couple of B Graded films in the past). This was a new take for this actor. At times it didn’t even require him to speak in the film and he provided a strong presence on screen.
Director Fede Alvarez, I’ll admit, is new to me, unless you’re personally a fan of the new remake of Evil Dead 2013 where he also worked with Sam Raimi by his side as one of the producers. The two of them work together again in this film, and their style was new to me. This film is very dark, gritty and aims to make the audience squirm. The director is taking full advantage of all aspects that can be used.
Don’t Breathe is something I enjoyed a lot, mostly due to its creativity but also because of how much it surprised me- it wasn’t a predictable film (unlike many of the horror films in 2016). Just when I thought something frighting was over, I would find myself wrong and it is a great, fun thrill. Don’t Breathe is highly recommend for horror and thriller fans. Well, that’s if you dare to watch it, lol.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden