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Charlie’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
"I didn't see that coming," said no one.
(Me at every "plot twist" in Don't Breathe.)
This was a pretty fun watch, though I may have enjoyed the reactions of the people I watched it with more than the actual movie; they screamed and oooh-ed in all the right places. I mainly just giggled.
I did very much like The Silence of the Lambs-esque chase through the dark labyrinthine basement, that may have been my favourite part of the film.
However, this fairly predictable movie was made all the more predictable by the obvious focus on all the shit that would become "unexpectedly" important (the shard of glass, the hammer, the drugged out dog, etc). Therefore absolutely nothing was a huge surprise to me; the biggest surprise is that Alvarez seemed to be under the impression that the twists and turns would blow everyone's minds.
I don't remotely care that the 3 burglars are unlikeable, since they're not nearly the most immoral people in the film, but they're just so goddamn stupid I wanted them to die.
Conclusion: Don't Breathe is alright. The ending in particular is riddled with plot holes and it's really predictable at points, but it was very fun to watch. Not sure if it'll stand up to repeat viewings but I do recommend going to see it with a group of friends.
p.s. I'm in love with Jane Levy.