Robin almost never wants to see horror/thriller movies. She was away this weekend, so my friend and I took the opportunity to see “Don’t Breathe,” a thriller that received pretty good reviews. Although very violent and even gross at times, the best 45 minutes are extremely suspenseful and scary. If you are a fan of this genre, it’s worth checking out. The film also has a couple shocking surprises along the way. It’s sort of a reverse “Wait Until Dark,” although not in the same class.
An early-twenties trio – Rocky (Jane Levy); her boyfriend, Money (Daniel Zovatto); and another friend, Alex (Dylan Minnette, who would love to be the pretty Rocky’s boyfriend) – are committing small-time robberies in the wealthy suburbs of Detroit. Their goal is to escape from Detroit and start over in Los Angeles. Alex’s father works for a home security company, which makes it easy for the trio to burglarize the houses.
Money gets a tip that a man who owns a house in a Detroit inner city slum has received a large settlement after his daughter was killed in a motor vehicle accident. Money has learned that at least $300,000 in cash is sitting in the house. Amazingly enough, the house uses Alex’s father’s security company. After considerable debate, they decide to go for it. They anticipate that this heist will be a “day at the beach,” but they get much more than they bargain for when the home owner, a blind Vietnam veteran (Stephan Lang), turns out to be a martial arts expert. Will the trio succeed in their robbery or will the blind man be able to best the three of them?
The writer/director, Fede Alvarez, creates a taut thriller, and the cinematographer, Pedro Luque, does a great job making the home a “house of horrors.” Lang is exceptional, and Levy does about as much with her part as possible. Another interesting psychological twist is that, for the first part of the film, we don’t know who to root for!
You won’t suffocate to death if you see “Don’t Breathe,” but, at times, it will leave you breathless!