Don’t Breathe review by Bobby Blakey
Director Fede Alvarez took the horror genre by storm with his awesome remake of the classic Evil Dead. The trailer for his latest film Don’t Breathe has garnered even more attention and fans are finally getting a chance to witness his genius with its upcoming release, but does it deliver what the trailer promises or will it not be worth holding your breathe for?
Don’t Breathe follows a group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the perfect heist. They're wrong. This features a great young cast including Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and his Evil Dead star Jane Levy as well as the always awesome Stephen Lang. The film is pretty simple at first offering just enough set up to meet these troubled friends leading into their planned robbery of a seemingly helpless old blind man. While the trailers promise that there is more inside his house than you might expect it is so much more insane than you might think. Alvarez does a brilliant job at building the intensity of the film that kicks off pretty quick and never lets up. Outside of the set up with the friends the entire movie is one long suspense driving roller coaster of chaos. This isn’t so much a scary movie as you might expect, but instead it plays up as a hardcore thriller with horror elements. Lang is brilliant in the role of the blind man bringing a presence and intensity to the role like only he can. The rest of the cast do a good job as well, but this is Lang’s show all the way and he does not disappoint.
Going in you have to know that there are really no good guys to root for as everyone here is up to bad things, but some are way more bad than others. You will find yourself rooting for the blind man as he defends his home until the truth is revealed and then it will keep you changing sides throughout until the very end. I loved the amount of layers to the horrors they endure with all of it being realistic and still over the top. Like any of these films there are some big twists with one being the moment you know things are about to get really messed up and it does not disappoint. It’s this moment that had the audience cheering and gagging all at once making the film all the more perfectly executed.
In the end this is a film that delivered on every level with some people laughing in delight and others cringing with disgust, but all leaving happy. As a fan of horror of all kinds I love everything about this movie and the only way it could have been better was if it had kept on going, but the short run time works perfect to keep the down time to a minimum and the intensity at its peak.
In addition to the film this release also includes bonus content including deleted scenes, commentary and numerous featurettes that take you further behind the making of this intense film. Be sure to grab your copy of the best horror thriller of 2016 when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 29th from Sony Home Entertainment.