Don’t Breathe (2016) Review

Rating: 8 / 10

The director that brought you the remake of Evil Dead, is bringing you something new in the home invasion type movies. A gritty, beautiful looking movie that is great to watch.

Plot: Rocky, a teenage delinquent living with neglectful parents, promises her younger sister that they will start their own lives together and move away from their dysfunctional family. Looking for the right amount of cash to run away with in order to do so, her boyfriend, Money, convinces her to break into the home of a blind man who supposedly has a safe in the basement. Breaking into the house in the middle of the night with their friend Alex, they discover that the blind man is not as helpless as he seems, and soon find themselves in a game of cat-and-mouse with a man willing and ready to kill all three.


  • Jane Levy as Rocky
  • Dylan Minnetee as Alex
  • Stephen Lang as The Blind Man
  • Daniel Zovatto as Money

Directed by: Fede Alvarez

Produced by: Joseph Drake, Nathan Kahane, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, J.R. Young

Written by: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues

Well….well….well…..well…well…..I was really surprised when I saw this movie. Even at the theatre I was surprised – because I didn’t even know what I will be watching on the screen until the pictures started rolling. I am always anxious when I’m sitting in the theatre chair and waiting to see an unknown movie – at least this movie was really good.

I can say that I really enjoyed the movie and it truly is wonderfully made. The official movie trailer promises that it will be a scary movie, with lot of scares and so on. But it was a standard thriller. You can say even that the trailer shows most of the scares that awaits you. Better it is that you try and not see the trailer – you will enjoy the movie much more – you might even jump in your seat.

The first thing that I liked about this movie was that it looked beautiful. The movie gives you such an awesome feeling of suspense, fear and a little of hope – offering you such great cinematography that anybody will enjoy. There are such small number of thrillers that you can say the it looked beautiful. Recent times there has not been a good thriller for me at least – well I still have to see Green Room (maybe that will be awesome). Fede Alvarez is a good director and working with Sam Raimi he can create lot of magic together – look at the remake of Evil Dead, it looked so good that I couldn’t wait for his next project.

The second thing that I really, really liked was Stephen Lang’s performance as The Blind Man. At first the character didn’t look that interesting. But when the action starts he just freaking rocked. Showing some menacing things and giving some awesome death scenes, he made this movie to be more enjoyable. Also the character didn’t have that much lines in the movie. At first I kind of wanted to hear how the character speaks and talks to other characters and got angry on why he doesn’t speak that much. But when the character spoke, it was freaking awesome. The big and you can say only dialogue where he explains everything is just menacing and so scary (I loved it) – it was the highlight of the movie. Every time the character appeared on the screen – I always said out silently: “Don’t breathe, he might hear you. Just don’t breathe.” and it is always great for a movie to make you feel that way – to be tense and be on the edge of your seat.

There were only two things that I didn’t enjoy in the movie. First one was the many times the movie tried to end the story but it didn’t. For me it was just too many. If that would’ve happen once that would be ok. But not so many times that it becomes a never ending story (but don’t worry it will end). When you kind of see that the ending is coming, it doesn’t, but some action needs to happen so let’s keep on going. The second part was I just didn’t liked the acting of Dylan Minnette (Alex) – I didn’t care for his character and sometime he felt really funny in places where it shouldn’t have been. Just for me he kind of didn’t put that much effort in the role.

The plot is simple and sometimes predictable. The movie didn’t spend much time on the three characters (Rocky, Alex, Money) that is robbing The Blind Man place – few stuff was told about them and that’s all. Maybe if there would be more story to those characters I would have had felt sorrier for them but I was sorrier for The Blind Man (even if he did a bad thing – watch the movie to find out). The Blind Man actions are easy to understand and the movie tells everything about him. But story overall is enjoyable to watch.

There have been so many movies in recent times featuring home invasions, like You’re Next, The Purge, Knock Knock, The Collector and many more. Comparing all the movies, you can call this one of the best movies in that genre featuring home invasions, might even be the best. You won’t regret watching this movie – you will feel uneasy, you will sit on the edge of your seat and you might even get scared. Remember this is not a big horror movie it is mostly a thriller featuring few scares. This movie is a must watch this year.

*If you want a better experience watching this movie, don’t watch the trailer at the end of the post.

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