After Watching This One… You’ll Cringe at the Sight of a Turkey Baster!
Man this is one of the most well paced thrillers that I’ve seen in some time. I honestly believe the majority of movie goers will very much enjoy this movie. Don't Breathe is presented as somewhat of a simplistic thriller composed of (you guessed it) simple elements. But it’s the ways in which these elements are used and executed that make for some of the most suspenseful cinema that you’ll experience in 2016.
Rocky, a young woman (in her twenties) from Detroit wants nothing more than to escape her trailer park life which bears a striking resemblance to Eminem’s 8Mile character (has a trashy mother with a dead beat homeless boyfriend and a neglected kid sister). To find the means to take her kid sister and finally escape this life, Rocky goes around with a couple of guys burglarising homes.
Rocky’s boyfriend that goes by Money, a careless thug type who happens to be the head of the posse. Then the third member Alex, the “nice guy” type who’s only apparent motive to partake in these burglaries is his attraction to Rocky. But what makes Alex valuable to the group is that he possesses the home security codes to the houses that they burglarise.
So lo and behold, Money gets word of a potentially easy score to a home that is owned by a war vet whom acquired a court settlement of up to 300K from a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of his young daughter.
It just so happens that the home of the vet is serviced by the security company that Alex acquires the codes from and to make things more interesting, it just so happens that this house is located in the middle of a desolate neighbourhood in which only the vet resides (and yes, up until this point they have no idea that the vet is not just secluded but completely blind to boot).
Money is more than thrilled at the idea of coming up on this seemingly easy score. Rocky voices her need to acquire a large sum of money to fund her dream of leaving to California with her kid sister and Money. Alex’s morality appeals to the childless vet, but after initially suffering from the traits of “the nice guy” Alex continuously goes against his better judgment and decides to partake.
There’s really no need to go further into the story, as I’m certain that from the promos you get the gist of how and where things go wrong on this supposedly easy score.
What follows is a well crafted cat and mouse game with some of the most suspenseful, cringe worthy scenes that you are guaranteed to see in theaters this year. This film feels like a blend of 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Collector; packed with simple yet effective elements of suspense and a twist or two.
Much like Evil Dead and The Collector, 90% of the film takes place in one setting. Aside from Alvarez’ solid execution, casting was on point. From Money to the Blind Man, the performances were all on par. Lastly, there’s a scene that for the sake of not spoiling I won’t tip toe around, but you’ll know what I’m referring to when you get to it. Let’s just say that unless you’re not all there, that scene will make you pucker in disgust.