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3.1
1,008 Ratings

Don't Breathe

Directed by Fede Alvarez
United States, 2016
Horror, Thriller

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.

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Don't Breathe Directed by Fede Alvarez

Awards & Festivals

Seattle Film Critics Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Villain

Fright Meter Awards

2016 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

2017 | 5 nominations including: Best Horror Movie

2017 | Winner: Best Editing

Empire Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Horror

Creating true crawl-under-the-seat, palm-piercing, cover-your-eyes tension is a rare, undervalued cinematic art. There’s certainly no shortage of filmmakers who give it a try, but only a select few would make Hitchcock proud… Though relatively new to the game, Fede Alvarez is already one of those select few, quickly proving himself a standout master of suspense.
September 03, 2016
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Alvarez maps and reveals the home where most of the film takes place with precision, making it clear where characters are in relation to one another without ever insisting. It’s a small thing, but a forgotten one, and it makes each cascading set piece a terrifying delight.
August 30, 2016
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Alvarez, who directed the 2013 Evil Dead remake, and his cinematographer, Pedro Luque, have clearly thought hard about what to show clearly and what images to mute: Sometimes we don’t know exactly what we’re looking at, and we end up peering at the screen as if we too had raisins for eyes. Other times, there’s marvelous clarity, and Alvarez’s attention to details enhances the tension.
August 25, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    Starts out very familiar, almost skipping across the required set-up and gradually builds on a great premise ratcheting up the dread with technical bravado. Stephen Lang and Jane Levy glue it all together with fantastic presence however by the end we feel like it's flipping the power for the sake of it. 3 stars

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    An undeniably expert exercise in goosing the gears of the central nervous system's fight and/or flight mechanism--an experience of artificial urgency for which our lizard brain's appetite seems all but insatiable. While I don't particularly look forward to it happening, I imagine that this is one area where cinema, for many, will be supplanted soon enough by VR. A new golden age for nausea and heart attacks awaits.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    Possible spoilers ahead. Truly disappointing. I was hoping for a Night of the Living Dead-like ending, but Alvarez completely dropped the ball. The metaphorical potential - Detroit as a symbol is a blinded, vengeful, greedy America - has been squandered. The now common Martyrs'-twist has become such a cliché... The equally predictable "girl power narrative" is a cop-out. The American horror genre is asphyctic.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    A blind, muscle-bound Stephen Lang listening intently in the dark has to be one of the most terrifying movie monsters since the shark in "Jaws." How appropriate, then, that director Fede Alvarez seems to be channeling vintage Spielberg with a free-roaming camera and dynamic setpieces full of unexpected complications and reversals. In a year of underwhelming blockbusters, "Don't Breathe" is a popcorn movie done right.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    Alvarez follows up his surprisingly solid remake of 'The Evil Dead' with this tense, if minimalist plotted, thriller. The film with its theme of greed, deceit and determination reveals the rotting corpse of the American dream quite vividly. Jane Levy is dynamite here as is Stephen Lang who with barely any dialogue emits a fair amount of horror. Well shot and edited and the film overcomes its own contrivances.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    All artifice, no craft. A gifted visual director can give you fireworks, but after the bangs, there's nothing but emptiness. It's because of films like these that I cherish more and more the work of James Wan.

  • Jason's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    Provided stupefying amount of pleasure. Please note as an addendum to this: I am not a well person. Often w/ straight-on genre rig-ups we are expected to excuse lots of lame minutiae, contrivance, and thin-as-sin characters. Consider all essentially excused. Thank me for holding back from spoiling something delicious. Oh for Christ's sake, you know if you like this sort of thing or not. Tremendous on technical front.

  • Z's rating of the film Don't Breathe

    Utter garbage. Pretty much fits Roger Ebert's definition of the "Idiot Plot Syndrome." The narrative only works because every character behaves like a complete and total idiot at all times. Alvarez never establishes his leads beyond one scene of clumsy exposition. Watching these morons stumble into obvious trouble holds little interest. The repeated violence and violation directed at female characters is despicable.

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