Sony Pictures Home Entertainment – 2016
Directed by Fede Alvarez
Written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues
Usually films are over-hyped to the max by the movie studio publicity machine and normally don’t measure up to everything said about them. But that is not the case with Don’t Breathe. It is just as good as advertised. I first saw Don’t Breathe when it was released in the theater back in August and absolutely loved it.
Three young criminals choose to rob the house of disabled veteran, who is permanently blind and who was awarded three-hundred thousand dollars when his daughter was killed in a car accident.
What seems to be a perfect setup for the lawbreakers turns out to be a nightmare instead.
Director Fede Alvarez really takes advantage of maximizing suspense out of every dramatic turn. He does this with his brilliantly conceived direction, which is carried out with precision. What’s so smart about the cinematic approach is that it contains set piece after set piece, all designed to put you on the edge of your seat. I’ve read that Alvarez’s tactic on this film was in reaction to the criticism he received for the considerable graphic onscreen violence in his Evil Dead remake.
The movie is aided by the stark and incredibly lit cinematography from Pedro Luque. The innovative music score from Rogue Baños is another huge factor in helping creating tense mood and palpable atmosphere. There’s little doubt that Alvarez and Baños should continue to work together as a cinematic team because their onscreen chemistry as director-composer is two for two.
There’s no black and white characters, but instead on screen people who come in various shades of grey. Alvarez and Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues aren’t afraid of pulling the rug out from your feet and having characters shift from someone you feel sad for to twisting into someone you despise and vice versa.
I call this daring filmmaking and so much fresher than the stale stereotypes you usually encounter in most films.
Don’t Breathe is an original take on the home invasion thriller, but if I was to bring up any other films that would best describe it, would be a cross between Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs and a little pinch of Silence of The Lambs.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment delivers some mighty fine supplements. These include Deleted Scenes with Commentary. A lively and wonderfully informative Commentary track with Director Fede Alvarez, Co-Writer Rodo Sayagues and Actor Stephen Lang. There’s also five cool featurettes that go beyond the scenes of the movie’s most important aspects; No Escape – chronicles the setup of the movie and how it was designed for maximum payoff. Creating the Creepy House – shows and talks about how the filmmakers choose to flip the normal scary house to using the best looking house in the neighborhood as their horror house. Meet the Cast – focuses in on all the main characters and gives a chance to show us how they worked behind the scenes. Man in the Dark – gives special attention to Stephen Lang’s dynamic and layered performance as “The Blind Man.” The Sounds of Horror captures the intricate work from Music Composer Rogue Baños who tapped a homemade music instrument creator to capture most of the sounds heard in the score.
Don’t Breathe is the best movie I saw in 2016. The Blu-ray should be owned by all those who love suspenseful movies packed with cinematic excellence. It would make a great Christmas gift and you could get jump on early, as it will be released on Tuesday November 29th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.