Title: Don’t Breathe
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Fede Alvarez
Starring: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette
Runtime: 1 hr 28 mins
What It Is: When three young folks Rocky (Levy), Alex, (Minette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) who live in Detriot hear the story of a Blind Man (Lang) whose daughter was killed by a rich girl in a drunk driving incident. Upon hearing the amount of money that this man now possesses they attempt to take it for their own. However, they don’t realize that though this man is blind he is not nearly as helpless as you’d think and he’ll have to prove that against these relentlessly greedy teens.
What We Think: I think this is a contemporary horror masterpiece. Fede Alvarez impresses yet again! His Evil Dead remake was a perfectly balanced blend of homage to the original and enough original material. Here with this film, he blends suspense so thick you can see it as a tangible thing. All the while you are not sure whether to root for The Blind Man or the kids to escape. It is this lack of a “hero” that really makes this a difficult movie to deal with in regards to what’s going on.
Our Grade: A-, Horror has been on a role this year. With The Conjuring 2, and The VVitch along with this there’s a hat trick of terror for everyone to enjoy with Halloween right on the way. I think that Fede Alvarez truly can be one of this generations next auteur when it comes to giving us all of the suspense. I loved the unsettled feeling I got throughout this, it means to me that something is working. I cannot wait to see what Fede has up his sleeve next. I”m going to go ahead and give this my highest recommendation of any horror film in 2016.