Don’t Breathe is truly an astounding movie. It is extremely thought stimulating with an unforeseeable plot-line that keeps you guessing and longing in anticipation of what’s about to occur next. It has a great amount of thrill factor that keeps you strapped onto your seat for two hours straight while the tale unravels. Don’t Breathe proves us all that a thriller film doesn’t particularly need extraterrestrial entities or behemoths to terrify audiences—the fright can genuinely come from the monstrosities of human beings—which altogether forges a realistic storyboard for this movie. Speaking of its storyboard, it must have been one of the most meticulously thought of and put-together storyboards I’ve seen in films.
The movie disseminated to theaters everywhere very shortly after Lights Out, but I ultimately end up viewing this first and reveling in this movie much more than the latter. Lights out was initially on the brim of my movies wish-list, merely due to the hype of it (people really seem to relish on ghost stories, it seems like) and the recommendations continuously given over to me by peers. But after comparing both trailers side by side and skimming through each film’s synopses—it ends up an easy internal debate for me because I knew for sure that Don’t Breathe is the one I must have a see first. The overall concept of it intrigues me, from the fact that the main character is an atrocious burglar and that there isn’t any ‘actual’ antagonist—or so I believed.
The aspect which I find most interesting about this movie is the fact that it exposes both the positive and negative side of each character. Certainly, several characters, and especially the main, inevitably become more likeable than the rest; but each of them have sins—a vast amount of it for that matter, and the movie doesn’t try to obscure them. I believe that it’s crucial for every movie to put a clear emphasis on that. Don’t Breathe has definitely done it justice for me. There isn’t a real protagonist or antagonist here, there’s only a main character. Because who people will most likely presume to be the antagonist, is actually just a distraught pensioner numbed by the demise of his daughter. All the actions he’d taken are based off of his defense mechanism that is triggered and preceded by the horrific actions of the main character. Think about it, when three burglars managed to sneak in your house with a loaded shotgun in attempts to embezzle the thousand dollar cash you have barricaded in a container; wouldn’t you opt to fight them off? Definitely! Moreover, the ending is very well sculpted and realistic therefore in short, I love the concept.
But despite of it, this movie fails to earn a five star rating from me. And that’s solely because it doesn’t strike me with much awe and keep me gasping for more like it’s oxygen as soon as it finished. It wooed me, but at a level that doesn’t quite reach the level adequate for a full five. But my opinions are mine regardless and my extent of satisfaction is completely subjective! Perhaps you’d end up loving it a heck lot more than I do and perceive several more great aspects of this movie that I am not able to cover in this post. Or you may also not end up being riveted to it as much as I do—the verdict varies. But what I know for certain is that I would recommend this for all thrill-seekers! Go watch!
Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash settlement following the death of his only child. Figuring he’s an easy target, the trio invades the man’s secluded home in an abandoned neighborhood. Finding themselves trapped inside, the young intruders must fight for their lives after making a shocking discovery about their supposedly helpless victim.