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Don’t Breathe (2016)


Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici, Christian Zagia, Katia Bokor, Sergej Onopko

Genre: Horror, Thriller

You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
Halloween Resurrection (2002)
See No Evil
The Boy (2016)

The Story is short and simple:

Three friends decide to break into a blind man’s house to steal a substantial amount of money, which should be the ticket to their freedom. But once they set foot in the house things get out of hand and they soon have to fear for their lives

Don’t Breath starts off very promising and full of tension. The cinematography is beautiful and very creative. But once the group enters the house the tension disappears and the clishé moves kick in, such as running away but suddenly stopping to turn around and check if the danger is gone, tripping even if there’s nothing to trip over, starting random conversations when really one should be calling the police or getting the f*** away. We also don’t get to know enough about the characters to care. One of the guys seems like an ass, the other one like a coward; only the girl seems to have an interesting backstory, however, we don’t know enough.

On top of that something quite gross was added for shock value, but it wasn’t strong enough to take the plot to the next level; as we get closer to the end it feels like the writers ran out of ideas.

The idea was great, the setting was creepy, and the cast seemed refreshing, but as I always say: great cast can’t save an average script. And in this case that’s exactly what happened. So many missing pieces, and moments that didn’t make any sense. Too many missed opportunities, too little info about the characters, and no significant plot development.

I feel like a lot of people will be satisfied with Don’t Breath – as the ratings on imdb and rotten tomatoes show- , however, the ones who look for an intelligent horror thriller that is not predictable or filled with clishés might be disappointed.

I don’t regret watching it, but I had high expectations that weren’t fulfilled.

Idea: 8/10
Story Development: 4/10
Character Development: 3/10
Logic: 5/10
Avoiding Clichés: 5/10
Cast: 8/10
Twist: 4/10
Creep Factor: 8/10
Ending: 4/10
Overall Impression: 5.5/10

My Rating:  5.5/10



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