Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe ★★★★½

Yeah, Don't Breathe is that good.

I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of this film courtesy of my friend Kevin, and man do I have a lot to say about it. Don't Breathe is about a blind man living alone in his home and a group of delinquent teens break in to steal his stuff. Sounds like an easy gig right? Except that old blind man is a war veteran, and it's fucking Stephen Lang. Performance wise everyone carried their weight evenly. Lang, Levy and Minnette are all great talents and played their respective roles exceptionally well. However, the real star of this film is Fede Alvarez. I loved his Evil Dead remake when it came out and have been eagerly awaiting his next film, and it's safe to say that he did not disappoint me in the slightest! His filmmaking style is so unique and just oozes horror flavor that I don't think we see enough in horror films today. Fede just has such a great sense of what is actually terrifying for the viewer, and takes full advantage of that. The way Alvarez uses things like the blindness of the old man, the creakiness of the old house and the darkness as methods of frightening the audience was incredible. I really don't have much else to say about how much I loved watching this film in all honesty. It was one of the most locked in movie experiences I've ever had from start to finish. They didn't pull any punches with cheap scares, but instead left me truly terrified. Fede Alvarez has an extraordinarily bright future in this business in front of him, and I'll be first in line for whatever project he tackles next! 

This film is the definition of a "clencher" in all aspects people.

Clencher - A film so frightening and unnerving that your body (butthole included) is left in a constant state of clenching throughout the duration of the film.

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