Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Jane Levy, Steven Lang, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto
Telling the story of 3 criminals who spend their time robbing homes to sell off their wares for very little comeback, one of their number hears rumour of a house in a deserted neighbourhood occupied by a blind Iraq veteran in possession of $300,000 compensation payout after the death of his daughter in a car accident. Letting their greed get the better of them, they set out, not expecting what they will find.
Don’t Breathe is directed expertly by Fede Alvarez, more commonly know to cinema goers as the man behind the Evil Dead remake a few years ago. Other than being produced by Sam Rami, released through his Ghost House imprint and bringing back his leading lady Jane Levy, the similarities end there.
Don’t Breathe is a tense, quite traditional thriller that gives a welcome spin on the home intruder trope that is well known to the avid movie goer. The film relies a lot on the build up of tension rather than the outright carnage Alvarez employed in Evil Dead. Not to say this film is tame, there are some brutal and downright unsettling moments in this film that will have you squirming in your chair and biting your fist, I’ll just say this, ‘Turkey Baster’. There is nothing cheaply played about this film, it is tautly played and paced, there are jump scares but they don’t feel gratuitous, they have their place and always serve a purpose to the story. It is safe to say Alvarez has done his job well.
Characterisation is a bit thin, also there are a few moments where motives for a course of action seem a little dumb, but the shortcomings can certainly be forgiven. If you are a horror fan who loves a tense thriller, look no further. I certainly won’t look at a Turkey baster the same why again *shudder*.