You’ve probably heard the phrase “to rob someone blind” being used before. This expression pertains to a person robbing someone else so mercilessly and comprehensively that it would seem like he was robbing a blind man. It’s a notion that most Filipinos are familiar with and it reminds us of how some of our local politicians are so audacious to steal millions from the treasury. Yung bagong Porsche ni Governor? Paid for by the collective contributions of the constituents of Pinoy Barrio A. What do the citizens get in return? A waiting shed in the middle of nowhere of course. (Thanks, Gob!)
Like stealing from the nations coffers, robbing a blind person might seem like the easiest of crimes to commit. But what if the blind man in question just happens to be an army veteran who has all the skills and ruthlessness of Liam Neeson in Taken? This is the premise of Don’t Breathe, the latest thriller from director Fede Alvarez.
Rocky (Jane Levy), her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and their friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) are three juvenile thieves from Detroit who break into the houses of wealthy people. Looking for a bigger score, Money gets word of a blind army veteran (Stephen Lang) who just won a cash settlement after the death of his only child from a car accident. Why the blind man kept all that money inside his house and not in a bank is never mentioned. Maybe he doesn’t like going to banks or maybe he couldn’t comply with BPI’s deadline to update his information over the weekend. But what is mentioned is the fact that a cool $300,000 sits somewhere in that house just ripe for the picking.
Or at least that’s what they thought. They invade the man’s house but quickly find out that their supposedly helpless victim is not so helpless after all. Trapped and unarmed, their prey suddenly becomes their predator and has no intentions of allowing them to come out of this alive. As an elaborate game of cat and mouse ensues, they soon discover that all is not as they seem to be with regards to the house and the blind man that inhabit it.
If you’ve seen the trailers at all and decided that it’s a movie worth your time, then you probably came in the cinemas expecting a heart-pounding thriller. And that’s exactly what this movie is. Don’t Breathe is a nail-biter that will have you at the edge of your seats throughout the movie. As thrillers go, it doesn’t really reinvent the genre. But as a horror movie which it considers itself to be, it definitely has a refreshing take.
We’ve long associated horror movies to have demonic possessions or terrifying ghouls like Valak from The Conjuring series. Most horror movies depend on these tried and tested elements to scare audiences out of their chairs. But Don’t Breathe shows that a menacing blind man with a score to settle can be just as scary as any ghoul.
7.5/1.0 Don’t Breathe is a well-crafted horror movie that will have your pulse-racing all throughout it’s duration. I guess we’ll be adding “old blind men” to the list of things that scare us from now on.