Review: Don’t Breathe

Dont Breathe

Dont Breathe

Genre: Horror, Thriller
Duration: 88 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 02-SEP-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4.25 on 5 (A Breathtaking Roller-Coaster Ride)
Plot:
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 serial killer, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his newest victims.
Overall Review:
Directed by Fede Alvarez and co-written by Rodo Sayagues, at only 88 minutes, Don’t Breathe is an incredible intense thriller. The plot, and overall story-line of the entire film was extremely solid, and more than successful for audience tension, and thrill. The movie is filled with suspense from the moment jounery to rob a blind man starts. Film opens with a scene of the elderly man dragging woman’s body down the street to give you a little taste of what’s to be expected before flashing back. The setup of the film is complete in the first 30 minutes and the last hour is a cat-and-mouse game. Film is purely cinematic, relying less on dialogue and more on visual storytelling and sound. Alvarez assembled a great team of actors and each one of them have delivered good performances. However, the most interest character onscreen is man behind the camera: Pedro Luque. The cinematography is fluid and really brings out the claustrophobic feel of pure terror. This film was unique, innovative, and it brought exciting elements to the horror genre. Watch it only if you have a certain tolerance for tension. By far one of his best films of 2016.
Performance & Technical Review:
The acting in this film was perfect. They all genuinely put forth a believable, and well performance. Each character, as well had their own unique styles. Stephen Lang is going to be the new Horror Icon. He was amazing as the blind man. From the moment he starts his rampage he sets a good example for all blind people who wish to be psychopathic killers. There’s very little dialog in this movie which make’s the movie more fun and giving the movie an extra credit to let the acting to the talk. Alvarez uses clever camera angles, lighting, set design and sound design to create a very foreboding and creepy atmosphere. The cinematography by Pedro Luque is fluid and really brings out the claustrophobic feel of pure terror. The amount of mystery, thrills, compelling sound design, camera-work, editing, pacing, acting & run-time of 88 minutes all stirs up into a well made, original masterpiece. Kudos to the director, screenwriter and actors.
PDF Verdict:
Don’t Breathe is a kind of film you should watch on the large theatrical screen in order to maximize your exposure to the intricately designed sights and sounds. It is a wild ride from beginning to end. Hop on to this incredible roller-coaster ride.
Ratings: 4.25 on 5 (A Breathtaking Roller-Coaster Ride)
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4 on 5
CGI: 4 on 5

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