Don't Breathe (2016)
Screen Gems, Stage 6 Films, Written by Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
Horror, Thriller Directed by Fede Alvarez
Budget $9,900,000 Starring Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Dylan Minnette

In order to save up enough money to leave Detroit forever and move to California for a better life, Rocky, her boyfriend Money, and their friend Alex have been committing robberies together in Detroit. Thinking it to be an easy score, the group decides to break into the home of a blind man and steal the cash settlement that he is rumored to keep inside the house. Almost immediately after breaking into the blind man's house, they realize he is not helpless like they assumed.

Jane levy gives an excellent performance as Rocky.
Money, Rocky, and Alex.

Donít breathe takes the home invasion genre and changes it up with original ideas along with concepts borrowed from other genres. I like how even though the characters spend most of the movie inside the house, there are different types of scenes in the film. You get to see close up claustrophobic scenes and scenes with the characters stumbling around in the dark, but also there are some outdoor shots and even a slasher movie type slow chase scene.

Sneaking into the house.
Stephen Lang.

The cinematography is refreshing because you get focused shots that set up the scene, for example , a window breaking or a lock turning. The action is clear and does not rely on shaky cameras and quick cuts. The lighting is balanced, and in scenes where it is dark you can not see what is going on clearly.

Don't Breathe is not a perfect movie and there are some minor things that bothered me as I was watching such as constant key fumbling on doors and the annoying text messaging scenes. Some suspension of disbelief is required to believe that the blind man would be capable of doing everything that he does, In particular a scene near the end of the movie.

To prepare for the role Stephen Lang practiced how to do things such as making coffee blindfolded.


Don't Breathe was one of the best movies that was released in 2016. I'll never be able to look at a turkey baster the same again. I have seen Don't Breathe on both DVD and Blu Ray, and I would reccommend the Blu Ray because the film is very dark at times and watching at the higher resolution helps.

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