Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe ★★★★

Okay so Don't Breathe comes straight at you. It doesn't pussy foot around, it hits plot points A, B, and C and then, whoops we're in the house. We're trapped in a house with an old blind dude that's seen combat and has some seriously dark secrets. His motives are unclear, but it seems he gets at least a little satisfaction from putting others through discomfort.

This movie does a lot visually. There's some great long takes, some really interesting cuts and transitions that take place. That alone kept me interested in what was going on. As soon as things started to feel stale, the camera would move in an unnatural way and make everything feel fresh. I don't think I would call this a great looking movie (it definitely has it's moments) but it does keep things interesting visually.

Of course sound plays a big part too. I'm just going to warn you now, this has A LOT of jump scares. I feel like most good horror movies coming out nowadays kind of shy away from overusing jumps, but Don't Breathe uses a cheat code. The blind / dark thing makes every sound more important. It takes the quiet moments and pulls you in closer than you would normally allow yourself. It's during the heavy story stuff that the film is really able to get you to jump.

Between It Follows and Don't Breathe, it's become clear as day that Detroit is a wonderful place to make a horror movie. I would love to see a huge surge of production moving into the city. The fallout aesthetic lends itself perfectly to the genre, and I'm sure it's dirt cheap to film there. It would be fun to look back twenty years from now and just have a whole bunch of great horror movies set in the same place. 2000s Detroit before it got it's chance to really come back to life. There's no better place to make a movie about death.

Don't Breathe does exactly what the audience wants it to. It's a fun one to watch in the theaters.

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