Concise Review: Don’t Breathe (2016)


Director Fede Alvarez’s quasi-balletic free roaming camera and forensic tracking shots effortlessly make Don’t Breathe a finely crafted exercise in pulse-pounding tension. However, the real horror of the picture are the revelations of the film that cast retributive justice in a frightening new light. This aspect is particularly accentuated by Stephen Lang’s impressive central performance. He portrays the character with a great feebleness and vulnerability while also imbuing the blind man with a matter of fact rationality and a terrifying, unpredictable nature. The result is a grim and original portrait of female violation that had echoes of the slasher films of yore and the Josef Fritzl case in 2008.

About Sartaj Govind Singh

Notes from a distant observer: “Sartaj is a very eccentric fellow with a penchant for hats. He likes watching films and writes about them in great analytical detail. He has an MA degree in Philosophy and has been known to wear Mickey Mouse ears on his birthday.”
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