There’s no other way to put this; DON’T BREATHE is fucking gnarly. Set inside a singular house, a group of young friends set to rob a blind man for an easy “once in a lifetime” heist. Sounds simple enough.
Except the blind man is Stephen Lang.
Fede Alvarez is one of the best young directors currently working in Hollywood. His EVIL DEAD remake, which at the time seemed incredibly unnecessary, remains to be one of the best remakes of recent years (very much akin to Marcus Nispel’s fantastic TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake). Alvarez is an absolute maestro behind the camera.
While the film could have been just another run of the mill genric horror/thriller film, it excels with Avarez’s razor sharp eye and the casting of Stephen Lang in one of his most sinister and brutal turns yet.
Lang is one of my favorite actors. The guy has been in so many great films, projected so many great characters, yet he never has been held to a typecast. In this film, he takes the big bad antagonist and obliterates the screen with his physical intensity. He’s a blind man, with a dark secret, who surpasses any and all boundaries to keep it safe.
Alvarez creates a small and intimate film, that builds and layers suspense to the point where you are constantly squirming in your seat and find yourself looking away from the transgressive visuals and sounds protruding off the screen. If you enjoyed the dark nature of GREEN ROOM, you’re going to love DON’T BREATHE.