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Blu-ray Review: Don’t Breathe

November 29, 2016

By John Corrado

★★★½ (out of 4)

dont-breathe-blu-rayWhen a trio of young thieves, Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Money (Daniel Zovatto), try to steal a large chunk of cash from the house of a blind war veteran (Stephen Lang) in a rundown Detroit neighbourhood, they get more than they bargained for when he starts ruthlessly hunting them through the house.

Although there is no doubt that our trio of protagonists are criminals, as soon as we realize just how sick the son of a bitch hunting them down really is, we actually start rooting for them to get away with the money.  Like 10 Cloverfield Lane earlier this year, Don’t Breathe is a superior genre exercise that does surprising and inventive things with its claustrophobic premise.

There is an artfulness to the way director Fede Alvarez keeps tightening the screw in terms of tension, building set-pieces that crackle with suspense, as every breath and creaky floorboard threatens to do them in.  The result is a nasty and expertly crafted cat and mouse thriller, that offers an exercise in relentless tension, never letting up for a second of its brisk running time while delivering countless jump moments and truly shocking twists.  It’s sick fun.

The Blu-ray also includes commentary with Fede Alvarex and co-writer Rodo Sayagues and Stephen Lang, as well as eight deleted scenes with director’s commentary and five featurettes on the film.

Don’t Breathe is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release.  It’s 88 minutes and rated 14A.

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