Writer: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues (Screenplay)
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici, Franiska Torocsik
Plot: Hoping to walk away with a massive cash, a trio of thieves break into the house of a sick man who isn’t as helpless as he seems.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Brilliant Suspense Driven Film
Story: Don’t Breathe starts as we meet three thieves Rocky (Levy) who dreams of leaving the Michigan, Alex (Minnette) who has the codes to break into the houses and Money (Zovatto) who is their connection to the boss who takes part of their cut. When the three get information about a Blind Man (Lang) who has six figures inside his house they see this as an easy score to change their lives forever.
When night comes the thieves enter the house finding the house isn’t as simple as first thought and things only get worse when the blind man wakes up and proves to be deadlier than they could ever imagine.
Don’t Breathe is a suspense driven horror that plays against the sense, first with a character that can’t see before turning the tables on the thieves by taking away their sight in the dark. While I found the suspense brilliant throughout this film I couldn’t question a single side of it. Where I do question and I understand the film did this for a reason is that we have morale incorrect characters in what is meant to be the protagonist roles because why should we root for thieves? The only one of the three that seems like he cares about who they are doing these crimes to because the support character to a final girl figure that has her own agenda but is driven by greed. The so called villain of this piece is a blind man who has lost his only daughter to dangerous driver and just wants to be left in peace. I personal loved the concept but didn’t truly understand which side of the fence I was meant to be rooting for which is both praise and a criticism of this film because too often we find ourselves cut and dry on who to root for.
Overall: Stunning addition to the suspense horror genre.