The intense “Don’t Breathe” turns what should have been a quick grab-and-go for three young criminals into a night of terror inside the Detroit home of a blind veteran. Simple in plot but complex in execution, the horror-thriller takes the monster in the house to a different level.
Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto) enjoy a run of robbing houses of wares to collect money, but in economy-deprived Detroit, their way of life is not producing much cash. As a last hit to fund the trio’s desire to leave the Motor City for California, they set their sights on a blind veteran (Stephen Lang) whose house contains $300,000 he was awarded through a wrongful death lawsuit. Unfortunately for them, the blind man fights back.
Remember to inhale and exhale during “Don’t Breathe.” Brutal, twisted and suspenseful, the home invasion thriller about a group of friends who break into a blind man’s house seamlessly segues into unsettling horror.
“Don’t Breathe” requires patience, as the film starts out slow and its characters are thinly drawn.
But its unexpected turns elevate the flick into a gripping nail-biter.
In poverty-stricken Detroit, three delinquents — Rocky (Jane Levy), her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and their friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) — rob houses that are protected by a home security company owned by Alex’s father. The three decide to target a Gulf War veteran (Stephen Lang) sitting on $300,000 cash in his house. The man received the money in a settlement after his daughter was killed in a car crash by a wealthy woman.
The man lives in a deserted neighborhood and is blind, which the trio thinks will make him an easy mark. But they couldn’t be more wrong. When Rocky, Money and Alex become trapped in the Blind Man’s house, the intruders are pitted against the vengeful homeowner in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
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