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Don't Breathe Movie Review

Updated on August 26, 2016
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Three young adults living in Detroit steal from rich homes so they can save enough money to leave Detroit forever. Rocky, played by Jane Levy, is doing it for her sister. Money, played by Daniel Zovatto, is doing it for Rocky and himself. Alex, played by Dylan Minnette, is doing it because he cares for Rocky and wants her to be safe. There are hints at love interests, but it's not overplayed or shoved in our faces. It's rather subtle and the film is all the better for it. We know that Rocky is in a relationship with Money, who is a selfish punk. Alex likes Rocky, but he respects her enough to let her choose who she wants, even if she doesn't quite know who that is yet. That's all that's said about it and it's a good thing too because they needed to be 100% focused on survival. See, Money got a tip that an old war vet's house was loaded with cash. They think they've got it made when they find out he's blind. What they don't realize is...he's far more clever than they realize.

When The Blind Man (Stephen Lang) finds out someone's in the house, the film is almost non-stop suspense and terror. The acting from Daniel, Dylan, and Stephen is remarkable, however, Jane could have used some work. There was a moment when she revealed something quite traumatic and emotional to Alex but she seemed to just brush it off like it didn't matter. Her fear acting was outstanding, however.

I definitely recommend this film to anyone that loves horror/suspense. It's riveting, cringe-worthy, and has a twist you have to see to believe. I give this film 3.5 out of 4 stars, as it was a near-perfect film with an unsettling ending. Go see it, sit very still, and don't breathe.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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