For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Movies that take place over a 24 Hour Time Frame (Not including time loop movies). here’s a review of Don’t Breathe (2016) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
Thanks again to Jess Manzo of French Toast Sunday for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Michaela of Love Letters to Hollywood and we will be reviewing our favorite 60’s Comedies.
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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Michaela!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Don’t Breathe is Fede Alvarez’s follow up to the highly respected Evil Dead reboot, this time he is let loose with his own ideas.
Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) are three petty thieves, always looking for a quick score and destruction. The three use their connection to target a Blind Man (Stephen Lang) who got a major payoff when his daughter is killed. The three friends look to use their normal tactics to rob the man, breaking at night, knowing the neighbourhood is abandoned, only for them to find out the Blind Man has his own way to defend himself from intruders.
When the Blind Man starts to fight back, the friends learn how dangerous he is and the secret he has been keeping, as they need to navigate their way out of the house before he captures them, in a night of terror for the young adults.
Don’t Breathe is one of those movies where we don’t truly know who to be supporting, because the three young people are criminals looking to steal from hardworking people and the Blind Man has had everything taken away from him, even though one of his decisions turns even more twisted than imaginable. This also plays out in characters decision making process, most notably Rocky, as we see where here limit on what she would do for the money stands.
Don’t Breathe does use the idea of silence being needed to survive to drive the film forward, which will make for intense sequences, with the whole pitch black basement scene being the true highlight of the film. The idea that this will play out over the one night also adds to the desperation the friends have to make the right decision to survive.
My rating is 8/10
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