A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.
What We Thought:
Don’t Breathe is a pretty solid film, but not the horror movie I thought it was going to be. I hadn’t seen a trailer or even knew what the film was about. I went in thinking it was a horror film because the name certainly sounds like one.
I knew Jane Levy was in it, but that’s it. If you’ve seen a trailer or know anything about it you know Stephen Lang plays a blind war vet. That’s the most you should know before seeing it.
Even though it’s not the horror movie I was expecting, I still liked it. It’s a pretty decent thriller with a strong performance from Lang. There’s a lot of inconsistencies and characters make terrible choices, but overall I liked it. I liked it a lot more than Lights Out, The Conjuring 2 or any other thriller/horror movie I saw this year.
It starts out simple enough with three friends robbing places to get enough money to leave Detroit. They keep it under a certain amount so if they get caught it’s not a major felony. One character’s father runs a security company and they use his knowledge to break into homes. They get a tip on one big score that could change their lives and they go for it.
But that last score isn’t what they expected. Lang’s character may be blind, but he’s a former vet and a lot tougher than expected. Plus there’s a huge surprise twist I won’t even hint at. People told me trailers don’t offer a clue to it so I won’t mention a word. You won’t see it coming. At this point you really aren’t sure who the bad guys are or who you should root for. I liked that.
The majority of the film takes place in Lang’s home with himself and the 3 thieves. It feels claustrophobic at times and that’s a good thing. If you are going for the single location vibe, make it tight and let the characters go through some drama. They do.
Lang is fantastic in the film. After seeing this, he should be Cable in the Deadpool sequel. He’s crazy and deadly and makes the film work way more than it has any right to. Levy is pretty solid too. I’ve always liked her even though I didn’t really like the Evil Dead remake. The two guys are fine, but it’s Lang’s movie through and through.
There’s some mistakes and errors that hold me from giving Don’t Breathe a glowing review. The ending bothered me a bit too because it totally leaves the door open for a sequel that will be unnecessary. I think it will make some good money at the box office and people who saw Lights Out (which made money) will probably go see this too. It’s one of the better films of the summer.
CAST & CREW:
- Jane Levy
- Stephen Lang
- Sam Raimi (Producer)
- Dylan Minnette
- Daniel Zovatto
Recommended If You Like:
- Lights Out
- The Strangers
- Home Invasion Movies