Don’t Breathe (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette
Rated: R/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a more ruthless adversary than he seems, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his newest victims.
I am a fan of director Fede Alvarez’s remake of Evil Dead. It was a movie that grew on me the more I seen it. I’m also a fan of Jane Levy who was in that film and here in Fede’s new movie, Don’t Breathe. Don’t Breathe tells the story of a group of petty house thieves who are breaking into houses that one’s father runs the security systems for. They come across the news of a blind vet who has come into a giant sum of money and decide that’s the next house they are going to hit. Of course, once in there they soon realize that they are getting a lot more than they assumed they would as this blind man is not only very good at hurting people despite being blind but he’s also got some other things going on. The main issue I had with this one was that the characters aren’t THAT likable. Maybe they weren’t supposed to be but you need to care about the people in danger. Sure, we get some backstories here and there but all things considered, I’m not sure we hate the “bad guy” here despite what he’s doing and I’m not so sure we fully back the “good guys” despite their reasons for doing what they are doing. That being said I still liked the movie as a whole, but some stuff could have used some re-thinking and for a none supernatural ran horror film they could have thought a little more about logic here and there.
I do think the movie does suspense well. I don’t think it is on a suspense and dread level as other such greats as The Decent but it does keep you on your toes here and there. The whole blind thing is played out pretty well and used pretty well overall. This isn’t near as bloody as the Evil Dead remake was, but apparently, that was intentional but still missed by someone who loved Fede’s last movie and was hoping for something on the same level when it comes to blood and violence. Overall, do I think that this movie is really the best horror film to come down the pike in twenty years? No, not really. I do think it is a very good one for what it is and with character flaws and logic aside. When you look at the list of studio horror films we’ve gotten this year it sure does hold its own really well with those and may top a great deal of them. I think if you are into the horror/thriller types of horror films you’ll like what you see here. It has some good tense moments and also has a good pace. I think the good things are far better than the bad but you won’t be able to fully ignore all the bad.
– 8 Deleted Scenes with Director’s Commentary
– No Escape
– Creating the Creep House
– Meet the Cast
– Audio Commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Actor Stephen Lang, and Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues
– Man in the Dark
– Sounds of Horror
Quality of Transfer: 96%