Every breath you take...
Village Jam Factory - Thursday 1 September 2016, 7:40pm
Running time: 88m
Country: United States
Classification: MA15+ (Violence, strong themes and coarse language)
Release date: 01/09/16
Rating: 7/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Petty burglars Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Stephen Lang) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) need cash (and lots of it) to make a new life for themselves. When they discover a blind veteran (Stephen Lang) has his sizeable cash settlement in his house they hatch a plan to break in and steal the fortune. But this blind veteran is resourceful, cunning and strong, and any thoughts that this will be a simple burglary soon disappear.
Don't Breathe is a tense thriller/horror from Evil Dead (2013) director Fede Alvarez. Unlike many recent films in the genre there are no supernatural elements at play, but it's an intriguing story that cleverly uses the presence and absence of sight and sound to intensity the thrills and chills. The film tries to shift the empathy between the characters, but it has nowhere to go. Everyone is layered, flawed and a victim of either their own greed, vengeance or desperation, and this adds to the delightful discomfort. In many ways there's little we haven't seen before (yes, there's a creepy basement), yet Don't Breathe has a freshness that will keep you guessing right to the end. It's gory and violent, but it's much more than a predictable splatter fest. Enjoyable. (ME)