Don’t Breathe

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

A trio of friends breaks into the house of a blind recluse con­fi­dent of an easy score only to find them­selves in a ter­ri­fy­ing life-or­death strug­gle in Don’t Breathe , the sec­ond fea­ture film from writer and di­rec­tor Fede Al­varez (Evil Dead) and leg­endary film­maker Sam Raimi. In his sopho­more fea­ture, Al­varez goes for the jugu­lar with an un­apolo­get­i­cally bru­tal and twisted hor­rorthriller that pits a trio of thieves against an un­ex­pect­edly dan­ger­ous ad­ver­sary. De­ter­mined to es­cape her abu­sive mother and save her younger sis­ter from the dead-end ex­is­tence that seems in­evitable for them both, Rocky (Jane Levy) will do what­ever it takes to get away. She and friends Alex (Dy­lan Min­nette) and Money (Daniel Zo­vatto) have pulled off a se­ries of elab­o­rately planned bur­glar­ies in or­der to come up with enough cash to es­cape their dire Detroit home­town. Their petty crimes have net­ted mea­ger re­wards, how­ever, so when the trio learns that a blind man (Stephen Lang) liv­ing in an aban­doned neigh­bor­hood has a small for­tune stashed in his house, they agree to go for their big­gest and fi­nal heist. But their plan goes dan­ger­ously wrong when their in­tended vic­tim turns out to be more fright­en­ing than they ever an­tic­i­pated. As he stalks them re­lent­lessly through his heav­ily for­ti­fied house, they are hor­ri­fied to dis­cover that he has more than just money hid­den away. Shock­ing and en­thralling, Al­varez’s mas­ter­ful, vis­ually stun­ning thriller main­tains a fren­zied pace to the last chill­ing minute.

Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Dy­lan Min­nette (Goose­bumps), Daniel Zo­vatto (It Fol­lows) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, the up­com­ing Avatars 2, 3 and 4). Fede Al­varez (Evil Dead) di­rects from a script cowrit­ten with Rodo Sayagues (Evil Dead). Pro­duc­ers are Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Fede Al­varez. Nathan Ka­hane, Joe Drake, Erin Wester­man, J. R. Young, and Mathew Hart are the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers. Di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy is Pe­dro Luque (The Silent House). Pro­duc­tion de­signer is Naa­man Mar­shall (The Visit). Ed­i­tors are Eric L. Bea­son, ACE, and Louise Ford (The Witch). Com­poser is Roque Baños (Evil Dead). Cos­tume de­signer is Car­los Rosario (Boule­vard). Cast­ing by Rich Delia, CSA. The film has a run­ning time of 88 min­utes. Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 15

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