Don’t Breathe (2016)


Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, Emma Bercovici

Plot: Three young adults decide to burglarize a blind Army veteran supposedly sitting on $3 million. However, once inside the house, they quickly regret their decision and find themselves in for a rough surprise.

Rating: 1/10

Overall: Okay, this film can not be considered “horror.” I suppose on the grounds of violence and stupid characters, then yes, I guess it fits the genre there. Overall, I don’t think this film lived up to its hype. I think the plot was poorly developed in that there were so many loopholes and “events” that I felt didn’t belong. The characters are just AWFUL. You have the idiotic hothead who is most likely to die first because he’s the cock a-hole that screams, “I DARE YOU,” to a gun wielding opponent. Then you have the guy you want to root for but the damn “love triangle” backdrop is excruciatingly annoying you instead hope he just dies. And then you have the “damsel in distress.” Can we get any more cliche? She’s the epitome of the “chick that dies in the first five minutes of the film,” where you just find yourself screaming at her the entire film because of the dramatic long pauses and the desire to go back for people who are probably just going to die anyway or risk a higher chance of not only them dying but the main character themselves. Don’t even get me started on the blind guy…there are no words to describe how f***ed up they made him. So basically, you feel bad for the guy throughout the first half of the film – like, hey, he’s blind…then there’s a plot twist that completely changes that dynamic. As a writer, I think that’s a great way to unravel your plot. It’s not a twist that works well and that’s where the loopholes began to unfold. I just hated this film. I was so excited to see it and walking out of the theater, I only had two thoughts: (1) What a waste of money! and (2) I really hope they don’t make a sequel (because yes, Hollywood is so damn cocky, they make every film end with a setup for a sequel).


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