Don’t Breathe Review

Don't Breathe movie posterSynopsis
Three burglars, Money (Daniel Zovatto), Alex (Dylan Minnette) and Rocky (Jane Levy), learn of a man who is sitting on a large sum of money. When they break into his house, they realize the job won’t be as simple as they thought.

Review
Back in the day, I would have avoided any movie that was remotely horror. In recent years, I have found a few sub-genres of horrors that I will watch. Even today, I’m still a little bit hesitant about watching anything that is considered “horror.” And I will admit the only reason I was interested in seeing Don’t Breathe was because it starred Jane Levy, one of my current favorite actresses, and Stephen Lang, the best thing from the underrated TV series Terra Nova. I’m glad that I decided to go outside my comfort zone and give this film a shot, otherwise I would have missed one hell of a thrilling ride.

Fede Alvarez proves that he knows what he is doing when it comes to manipulating the atmosphere of a film. With the exception of a few scenes, the majority of the movie takes place inside one house. Alvarez uses this small space to add an hint of claustrophobia to his film. Throughout the film, I was constantly on the edge of my seat from the suspense. Between feeling the characters had no escape and the Blind Man being a physical and commanding threat, my heart was constantly pounding. Every time something happened, I thought “That just happened! What’s next?” Then the movie stepped it up. And this happened over and over. It did a great job building suspense as the film went on and never fizzled.

As I said, the Blind Man’s house was the primary setting of Don’t Breathe and the cinematography made great use of the relatively small space. Every shot was deliberate and provided you with just enough scope to see what you needed but nothing else. When the burglars first enter the house, there is one moment when the camera is panning back and forth between them throughout the house that is an absolutely great piece of camera work. After that, I was hooked.

In suspense and horror films, great sound work can manipulate the audience. Sometimes, a lack of music can be just as important as the music itself. Throughout Don’t Breathe, there were moments when the music stopped and all you could hear were the floor creaks and/or the characters breathing. In these moments, my heart was beating the fastest and I was furthest on the edge of my seat. Then when it was most impactful, the music returned and built on the moments when it was missing. This is a superb example of how great sound work positively affects a film.

I thought Don’t Breathe was GREAT :-D. The entire film I could feel my chest tighten from the suspense and was taken in by the great cinematography and sound work. Don’t Breathe offers one gut-wrenching moment after another and I couldn’t help but want to see what happens next.

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Fede Alvarez – Director / Writer
Rodo Sayagues – Writer
Roque Baños – Composer

Stephen Lang – The Blind Man
Jane Levy – Rocky
Dylan Minnette – Alex
Daniel Zovatto – Money
Jane Graves – Rebecca
Emma Bercovici – Diddy
Christian Zagia – Raul
Katia Bokor – Ginger
Sergej Onopko – Trevor

My Fave Five Redheaded Actresses

All this talk with Justine and Cara about the joys of being a redhead (or artificial redhead in Justine’s case) got me thinking about my favorite actresses who share this wonderful hair color of mine.  Which then also got me thinking I haven’t done a Fave Five list in far too long, so here we are.  There have been many great redheads in cinema, so it’s time to celebrate a few of my favorites.  Each and every one of these actresses are both stunningly beautiful and extremely talented.  So without further ado, here are my Fave Five redhead actresses.

Honorable Redhead) Emma StoneEmma Stone

I put Emma Stone as an honorable mention redhead because sadly, she’s a natural blonde. However, some of my favorite roles of hers have been with red locks: Superbad, Zombieland, and Easy A, just to name a few.  So in that spirit, I’ve included her on this list.

Felicia Day5) Felicia Day

Felicia Day is probably the funniest actress I have ever seen outside of movies.  She has numerous web series on her channel as well as Geek and Sundry, including The Guild which she writes, and has appeared on various TV series.  She’s huge fan of everything nerdy and a pop culturist (is that a word? it is now). If there is an Aphrodite of Geekdom, it’s Felicia.

4) Alyson HanniganAlyson Hannigan

I’ve been slowly working my way through How I Met Your Mother, where Alyson Hannigan plays Lily Aldrin, one of the main characters.  She is easily one of my favorite characters in the series, and I fully believe it’s because of what Alyson brings to the character.  Then of course we can’t forget her role of Michelle in the American Pie series. This one time, at band camp…

Jane Levy3) Jane Levy

Jane Levy may not be in many movies, but she was in the fantastic Suburgatory on ABC, which unfortunately got cancelled after season two.  She brought a down-to-Earth element to a town filled with caked make-up and spray tans, really giving off that “girl next door” vibe.  I hope she stars in another sitcom soon, because that’s where she really shines.

2) Isla FisherIsla Fisher

As great as Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson were together in Wedding Crashers, Isla Fisher stole every scene she was in.  Her deliveries were perfect and I couldn’t stop laughing.  Every time I see her name on the cast list, I’m like, “I have to see that.”

Amy Adams1) Amy Adams

Amy Adams can act in just about every type of movie. She’s done drama (The Fighter and American Hustle), comedy (Talladega Nights), children’s (Enchanted), action (Man of Steel) and many, many more. Is there anything she can’t do!?

Who are some of your favorite redheaded actresses?