Don’t Breathe review
written by Souranath Banerjee
Rejoice all you thriller-junkies out there, this ruthless claustrophobic film promises not to give you much of a breathing space, so don’t you dare – breathe!
My Ratings: 4.1/5
Remember the edgy climax scene from the 1991 Oscar winning film The Silence of the Lambs where FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in pursuit of Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) gets inside this spooky basement where there is complete darkness – well, check out the scene below and refresh your memories.
And now imagine something this intense and nerve-wrecking, such acute tension boiling up scene after scene throughout the entire length of a film till the very end-titles!
Yes, that’s exactly what writer/director Fede Alvarez (of the latest Evil Dead fame) have managed to deliver and that too in an unique stylised fashion. Along with co-writer Rodo Sayagues the script of Don’t Breathe simply races forward keeping the audiences successfully uncomfortable in the darkness (still breathing i guess).
Three friends, regular small-time crooks, Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) plan to rob a blind man’s house but then of course things doesn’t turn out the way they have planned (to put it in a mild way).
Believable acting by each and every one but Stephen Lang as the helpless blind man with negligible dialogues is definitely worth a special mention.
Great camera work by Pedro Luque, the camera moves around the house effortlessly pointing out objects and props-to-be-used-in-future that enhances the anticipation of the viewers, and that too well punctuated by appropriate use of neurotic music by Roque Baños.
Don’t breathe is a film that you were waiting for. Go watch it and you will thank me later!
Poster courtesy: http://www.impawards.com