Don’t Breathe Review (Horror Thriller)

Movie cover for Don't Breathe

Synopsis: Hoping to walk away with a massive fortune, a trio of thieves break into the house of a blind man who isn’t as helpless as he seems.

Tagline: This house looked like an easy target. Until they found what was inside.

Release Date: August 26th, 2016 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 3

Starring:  Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette

Don’t Breathe official trailer.


Don’t Breathe Review


Don’t Breathe was an overhyped exercise in mediocrity for me. You may remember when I’ve talked about the movie in the past, I wasn’t exactly expecting to be thrilled by it. I was right.  Nothing about the movie stood out as something really worth talking about except for the fact that the director managed to avoid a final jump scare ending. Definitely didn’t live up to the expectations set by the blurbs on the poster. Didn’t even come close, actually.

It never fully captured my attention. I never cared for the characters. It was ridiculous that we were supposed to end up rooting for the burglars in Don’t Breathe. The lesser of two evils does not necessarily an interesting movie make. Those idiots broke into the house of a blind man to rob him. None of them are worth caring about.  Pardon me if I didn’t cheer on any of the characters.

Don’t Breathe had a decent cast, with one true stand-out. Without Stephen Lang, the movie wouldn’t have been worth watching. The man radiated menace, determination, and crazy in this movie.  The directing was fine. The dialogue minimal. The pace was good. At a certain point, though, the action just got to the point where my partner and I were both rolling my eyes at the “what can we do to make the film fill up x amount of minutes? Oh yeah, have THIS happen” feel of it.

(Also, as a non-religious person, it absolutely ticks me off to see characters portrayed as evil just because they don’t believe in a god. To people who still believe ‘atheists are evil people’, kindly remove your heads from your bottoms, please. This crap needs to stop being perpetuated. Until your priests stop molesting children (let alone getting away with it), and until your religion stops infringing on the life, liberty, and happiness of other people just because they don’t believe your deity is the right deity, you need to STOP. What’s that saying? Get the beam out of your eye before you worry about the speck in mine?)

If you want a tense horror thriller like Don’t Breathe (but one that’s actually good), check out the movie Hush instead. It was better done all the way around.

My call is: Wait until it gets into Redbox if you want to watch it.

3 Star Rated Film Review for Don't Breathe

5 thoughts on “Don’t Breathe Review (Horror Thriller)

  1. I saw this one and didn’t hate it, but I agree with many of your thoughts. I keep meaning to give Hush a try. Maybe this weekend. Yeah, I didn’t really care for any of the kids or what happened to them.

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