Don't Breath Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"
Writers: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Director: Fede Alvarez
Stars: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici
Running Time: 1 hour, 28 minutes
Where It Can Be Seen: In Theaters Now!
Before I even get into writing about this film I just have to thank filmmaker Fede Alvarez!
The man just knows and understands the horror genre! He knows how what scares people and how to tap into that part of the human psyche where fear resides - More so, he understands that timing plays a huge part in creating an effective scare and how to use that to toy with the audience in order to get that certain reaction from people. And believe me when I tell you I was completely against the mere idea of there being an Evil Dead remake. I fought it tooth and nail. The original is such an iconic horror picture for anyone to come in and mess with that I thought was ludicrous. And then I found out that Sam Raimi (the director of the original for those who don't know), and the actor from the original, Bruce Campbell, got on board and supported it. They even went as far as being producers on the remake! It was then that I thought if those two guys are giving it their blessing then there has to be something to it that they're just loving. Seeing the film in a theater was such an intense experience! One that caused me to have a panic attack because the energy was so palpable with intensity. Of course I never got to finish seeing it as the friend I went with said they were gonna get sick or pass out. So we had to leave. Bummer! But it was then that I just knew that if a filmmaker can have that much of an effect us - Then this guy is pretty damn amazing at what he does!
FAST FOWARD 3 years later and Fede has come out with another intense horror film about three friends, Rocky, Alex, and Money (The Evil Dead's Jane Levy, Goosebumps' Dylan Minnette, and It Follows & Fear The Walking Dead's Daniel Zovatto) who conspire to break into a Blind Man's (Avatar's Stephen Lang) home and steal his money. Once they do they discover there is no way out of that house of horror alive and they learn the blind man will take defending his home to a whole new level and will go to any lengths to do so. However, what is so refreshing about this particular story is that there are no good guys versus bad guys (as that is the most common formula..in Any film as well as horror). In this film it deals with people who make that decisions that put their lives in danger. The vice-like grip of the suspense that closes in and squeezes tighter with every passing scene, as well as the horrific circumstances our three thieves find themselves in is born and grown from that one idea alone! The other thing about this picture that I found so effective and smart is the use of the Blind Man's other senses. The use of sound plays a big role in this film as The Blind Man must use his other senses to make his way through the house and "look" for those who broke in. And what I also thought was really cool, that I hadn't really seen much of in other movies that involved blind people, was the use of smell as well! Just moments like that I found incredibly clever! With a title like Don't Breathe, it just begs for it to be part of a word play situation. I won't partake in that though. I will however say that there are in fact plenty of moments through out the picture where you will want to hold your breath or slow it down because the suspense can be unbearable! Had Alfred Hitchcock lived or been around for this film, he would've most definitely been proud to want to produce it! It's one of the most twisted, taut suspense horrors that I can remember!