Monday 27 February 2017

Movie Review: DON'T BREATHE

Don't Breathe (Movie Poster)

Don't Breathe was released theatrically last year and has recently come out on Blu-Ray / DVD. I wasn't aware of it when it came out at the cinema, but after seeing the trailer, I've been really looking forward to this one.

The film is about a trio of young thieves who have broken into a number of homes, and are planning to embark on one last job together. They have a potential victim who has received a large cash payout and lives alone. They soon find out that he's also blind, but decide to go ahead with the plan anyway. Unfortunately for them, the robbery goes wrong and they find themselves trapped in a house with an ex-military blind man who's armed, skilled and looking to kill them. Will they get the cash? Will they all escape alive? I don't want to give you any further information as no-one likes spoilers. All of the above is in the trailer, so I'll leave it there.

Don't Breathe is as utterly brilliant as it is relentless. It's one of those movies that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout and keeps you engaged with its terrifying combination of violence and suspense. The characters are developed just enough to understand them, and to even empathise with what's effectively a group of remorseless burglars. The real key to the success of this movie is that it is a very good story. It could have quite easily been a sequence of cheap jump scares and gratuitous violence, but Don't Breathe has a depth that sets it way apart from such movies. There are some unexpected turns in the story, and this unpredictability makes for an original rollercoaster of a Thriller/Horror film. It's beautifully shot throughout, and the acting is superb giving it a realism that makes the movie work so well.

It's difficult for me to write too much about this film, as I'm conscious of spoilers. What I will say is that I loved it, and its originality was refreshing. If you enjoy the trailer, you will not be disappointed by the full movie. 

If only all Horror films were this good!


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