Don't Breathe

Don't Breathe ★★★½

Director Fede Alvarez’s satisfying horror-thriller Don’t Breathe turns the idea of a home invasion film the other way around victimizing the invaders themselves than the victim. The film starts out pretty well, with a precise sense of atmosphere and terror. Alvarez mostly relied on the claustrophobic quality of his setting which is quite palpable. The only thing that misses the mark is its weak attention to character development. Don’t Breathe tries to make sense out of its villain and its heroes, though they still came up as lazy archetypes. Even if the film winds up as a cruel, nasty cat and mouse hunt with a lot of bark and hair-pulling, Don’t Breathe gives the chills no doubt. Another way of stating that “kids nowadays are no good.”

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