Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe ★★★★

Don't Breathe delivers the thrills, the chills, and the excitement you'd want from a movie like this. Spinning the home-invasion sub-genre on it's head, Don't Breathe displays the intruders as the victim and the resident as the antagonist; this twist makes for some surprisingly excellent results.

One of the most effective aspects of Don't Breathe is Fede Alvarez's direction combined with Pedro Luque's cinematography. Alvarez doesn't overly focus on gore or shock value but rather the intensity. The cinematography really sets the eerie atmosphere for the movie and is a major part of the reason why the scares work.

Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette are solid but it's really Stephen Lang who steals the entire film. He's scary, he's insane, and he's quite unpredictable.

The twist felt a little unnecessary in all honesty and at the end of the film it's basically just forgotten. Despite the twist leading to one of the film's most thrilling and nail-biting scenes, the twist itself could've been done without. At times the movie feels almost a little too unrealistic for it's more grounded tone.

Overall Don't Breathe really surprised me, I expected just a decent horror thriller but what I got was so much more. Don't Breathe continues to show that 2016 is a great year to be a horror fan.

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