Don't Breathe (2016) - SPOILER-FREE Review


Directed by: Fede Alvarez

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

Runtime: 89 min

Three friends decide to break into a house of a blind man when they discover he might have over 300K saved somewhere in his home. They never did cash robberies before, only a few small jobs, but due to the amount of money involved and to the fact that they'd have to deal with a blind person, the rules changed.

After all, it was an easy job ... They thought.

There's no way to describe how tense and suspenseful is this movie. Everything that I could possibly write here would come out as an understatement to how awesome is the quality of this film.

I don't even have to be specific and go through each section that makes a movie since everything is near perfection: direction, sound, editing, the cast's performances, characters, ... I could go on and on, but it's no use. I love it! I was constantly on the edge of my seat!

I found myself holding my breath as well as the characters when the blind man (played excellently by Stephen Lang) would pass by them, the thrilling building suspense to a scare (a REAL scare) kept me so captivated that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen! When they start to discover who the man really is and what he's capable of, the level of fear increases dramatically as our burglars, especially Rocky (Jane Levy) and Alex (Dylan Minnette) who are played by two amazing actors, try to escape this clearly not defenseless man.

My only issue with this movie and there one thing that keeps it from being an A+ is the ending. Without spoiling anything, there's a part when it cuts to black and I thought to myself "Perfect. Let's go home to write an awesome review" ... And then it fades back in. The next few minutes don't add anything to the story and it can actually leave you frustrated like it left me. It's the only reason why I can't give this one the maximum rating.

Still, this is by far the most suspenseful, thrilling and scaring movie that I've seen this year, with all its elements near perfection, but an ending that doesn't do justice to the amazing film that was created. Go watch it!

|  A+  : 9.3-10 |  A : 8.7-9.2 |  A-  : 8.0-8.6 |  B+  : 7.3-7.9 |  B : 6.7-7.2 |  B-  : 6.0-6.6 ||  C+  : 5.3-5.9 |  C : 4.7-5.2 |  C-  : 4.0-4.6 |  D+  : 3.3-3.9 |  D : 2.7-3.2 |  D-  : 2.0-2.6 |  F : 0-1.9 |

| A+ : 9.3-10 | A: 8.7-9.2 | A- : 8.0-8.6 | B+ : 7.3-7.9 | B: 6.7-7.2 | B- : 6.0-6.6 || C+ : 5.3-5.9 | C: 4.7-5.2 | C- : 4.0-4.6 | D+ : 3.3-3.9 | D: 2.7-3.2 | D- : 2.0-2.6 | F: 0-1.9 |