Flash Movie Review: Don’t Breathe

I blame two things that made people become afraid of the dark; that Scottish poem with the line “…things that go bump in the night” and Francisco Goya’s painting Que Viene el Coco which translates to Here Comes the Bogeyman. It is that damn Bogeyman that started this reign of fear when day turns into night. How many of us slept with a night light on or the bedroom door opened enough to cast a line of light into our rooms? I never had anything underneath my bed but I knew several kids who felt something could be hiding under their beds. If they had to get up in the middle of the night they could not just swing their legs out to the side of the bed to plant their feet on the floor. Instead they would stand up in bed then jump off like an Olympic long jumper, to get as far away from their bed as possible. These days there seems to be an industry devoted to products that help alleviate the anxiety of going to sleep. I know some families that have sleep machines that produce soothing sounds like ocean waves or wind chimes to calm their children at bedtime. It is funny, I never associated the dark with being scary; in fact, I considered nighttime safer than daylight due to some of the events I had to endure during the day. Darkness meant I was less visible which was a good thing for me. Daylight meant I was a more visible target. Who would have thought this horror thriller would now make me scared of the dark.   THINKING it would be an easy target friends Rocky, Alex and Money; played by Jane Levy (About Alex, Evil Dead), Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps, Labor Day) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows, Innocence); decided to rob the house of a blind man, played by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Public Enemies). They could not have been more wrong. Before I tell you about this film I want you to know I had some conflict with the story line. Since I do not want to give anything away let me just use the following scenario as a random example. If an abandoned building is fenced off with signs posted about its demolition and someone trespasses and gets hurt; who is responsible for the injury? So now back to the film; I liked the way the movie started up as it put the pieces of the story together with little explanation. The acting was good for a horror film but I thought Stephen’s performance was the best. Sitting in a theater full of people made the shock scenes more intense in my opinion. Though there were a few scenes that seemed repetitive and somewhat unrealistic, I did like the way the script threw in surprise twists. On the other hand, the reason the story worked for this picture was because it was based in reality. Many of the scenes seemed like they could have happened and we would have read about them in the newspaper. This film was a thrill ride that may cause you to sleep with the lights on.

 

2 3/4 stars

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 29, 2016, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I don’t do scary especially ones based on reality. The last really scary movie I think I saw was the Pit and the Pendulum, The Tomb of Ligeia and the Oblong Box with Vincent Price. That was the last time I chose to be frightened. LOL Kidding. I did see The Blair Witch Project, just because of the way it was filmed and I didn’t find it scary.

    • Lol, I loved those Vincent Price films, including The Raven. Thank you for the comments; maybe wait until this film is on DVD and then you can watch it with family and friends around you.

  2. Thanks for the review, I’ve heard good things about this film. Your conflict with the storyline example has intrigued me. I’ll have a wee look-see. Thank you!

    • Hi, it is a pleasure meeting you. Thanks for stopping by to leave your comments and kind words. If you get to see this film I would enjoy hearing back from you regarding your thoughts on it.

  3. Good review. Even though I’m a huge Stephen Lang fan, I plan to wait for the dvd on this one.

    • I’m all about saving money, so you are making a good call; though I want to point out it was fun seeing this film with a crowd. Rethinking it, can you do a matinee priced time? Thanks for the comments.

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