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It sounds like the perfect coup: In a house in an otherwise completely abandoned quarter of New Orleans, an elderly man (Stephen Lang) lives who lost his daughter in an accident years ago. The seriously wealthy family of the person who caused the accident is said to have paid him a handsome compensation, which now lies somewhere in this house. Quickly get out, get money and out again - should be a piece of cake for three friends. Because after all, they have the alarm code. And her victim is blind, too. What can go wrong? A whole lot, as it quickly turns out…
After the success of his remake of the cult horror classic "Evil Dead", director Fede Alvarez now presents "Don't Breathe", another shocker that couldn't have been more different. For instead of demons, splatter and liter of film blood, Alvarez relies in his quasi-chamber play on little blood, but on unexpected twists and in the truest sense of the word breathless tension. From the moment the three young burglars have to sneak silently through the blind man's house, the tension screw is tightened more and more. The great camera work, the atmospheric set design but also the sound, reduced to an absolute minimum in some scenes, ensure that the viewer is literally pressed into the cinema chair with tension.
And when you think you have recognized where the story leads you, Alvarez delivers a twist that not only turns the events in a whole new direction. Even the borders between good and evil, which were very clearly drawn until then, become blurred. This not only makes the movie more exciting, but also gives it an unexpected element of surprise, which shouldn't be the last one.
More shouldn't be revealed at this point. Even though the thriller's staging alone makes the nerves of its audience almost tear apart, even though the story is known with all its twists and turns, the movie reaches its greatest intensity when as little as possible is known beforehand. Of course "Don't Breathe" also has its weaknesses. Some dialogues in the opening sequence are very clichéd and the very last twist is a little bit too conventional, clearly aiming at a possible sequel. But in this case this is all whining at a high level. The bottom line is that "Don't Breathe" offers more thrills, suspense and surprises than most horror thrillers of recent years put together. So, if you're not too soft-strung and appreciate gripping genre food, you shouldn't miss this movie. Just don't forget to breathe! Absolutely worth seeing]
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