Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Movie Review: Don't Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe (2016) - Directed by Fede Alvarez; Written by Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues; Starring Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Daniel Minnette, Daniel Zovatto.

By Kenny Howell

There are some major plot holes that are hard to ignore in Don't Breathe, the new horror thriller from Director Fede Alvarez.

I can't really tell you what those are because it would definitely be in spoiler territory, but trust me, it does give you pause. And it could take you out of the movie. But you let it slide for everything that is around it. A bonkers trip through a house filled with one blind man/killing machine, and three robbers who never should have been there.

The story is told from the point of view of the robbers, Rocky, Alex and Money. Alex's dad owns a security company, so the trio hit some of the houses around Detroit that his dad is supposed to protect. That might be a minor plot hole on its own, his dad probably doesn't keep business around for very long. But after a disappointing take on their last job, they decide to hit a house in an abandoned neighborhood, all except one house that has a mysterious blind man, a former veteran, living alone. His daughter was killed a few years earlier, run over by a rich girl that never did any time for the crime. What they did do is pay the blind man off, which is what is drawing the robbers there.

As you imagine, once they get into the house, things don't go so well. Otherwise, we wouldn't have a movie. The blind man has the house locked up like Fort Knox, so once they get in, it's hard to get out. Plus, when the lights go out, the dead man has an unfair advantage over the robbers.

From there, the movie is just crazy horror fun. When the robbers go into the house for the first time, Alvarez does a fantastic job of getting us acclimated to the surroundings. His camera dives and zooms throughout the house so you know just about every inch of the home, even some items within that you know you will see later.

From there, after the chaos ensues, Alvarez and co-writer Rodo Sayagues take the story to an unexpected place, then pile another unexpected thing on top of that. In between all that, the horror cleverly plays with your own expectations, shatters them sometimes, pays them off sometimes, keeping you unsure of what exactly is going to happen. It also plays with the fact that you are actively rooting for the bad people, at least on the surface. No one in the film is complete bad or good, and you are often reminded of that fact.

Don't Breathe mostly just stays in crazy territory, which is where it needs to be to help you forgive the holes that are very much there. You are just having so much fun that you just don't care.

Rating: ***1/2

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