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Tense? Tense doesn't even begin to describe this movie. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the most unsettling, disturbing, and unnerving movie I've ever seen. And I've watched a lot!
It is relentless. The tension never stops, and the story just keeps unfolding and taking bizarre twists.
My mouth was pretty much always agape throughout the movie, shocked beyond belief. Then there was my chest aching, as I kept holding my breath, afraid for the young intruders.
I applaud the writers Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, for creating such a unique, original movie. There aren't many movies to compare this too. I hope that changes. I hope this movie starts a trend of truly breathless and constantly tense films.
I heard and read a lot about this movie before finally biting the bullet and renting it. But when a huge hype has been made, there is always that niggling fear that it will never match up. 'Don't Breathe' not only met my expectations but far exceeded them. I haven't stopped talking about this movie since, spreading it around the horror world like a viral infection.
In short, you have three thieves working their last job. They each have various motivations, but two of the three really want out. They discover a house in which plenty of cash is stashed away. The owner is an old man, what harm could he possibly do? They sneak in, steal the money, and sneak out. Easy. They have done it many times before. But, unbeknownst to them, this job will have many unexpected surprises.
Hats off to the actors. Honestly, there wasn't a weak link in the entire cast.
You have the young girl whose reasons for stealing are selfless, Rocky (Jane Levy). This girl is one tough b*tch. Her home life isn't desirable. You can understand why she has resorted to crime.
There is the nice guy, Alex (Dylan Minnette). I personally liked how Alex considered the consequences of each crime. He advised they never bring guns as that goes from burglary to armed robbery, lengthening their potential criminal sentence. Rocky and Alex see eye-to-eye.
But there has to be a character who causes conflict, right? Besides the old man, that would be Money (Daniel Zovatto). He's the typical jerk, who cares about money, shocker. He is the reason things go from bad to worse. He lights the fire that starts the chaos.
Then, of course, we have the old man (Stephen Lang). What a superb performance. I had conflicting thoughts about this character. One side of me hated him. Another side found myself rationalizing his actions and view of the world, given his experiences. He was a complex and terrifying character.
Overall, I couldn't have asked for more from a movie. It had everything. It left me with an aching chest, trembling hands, but an urge to watch it again. I will be purchasing a DVD of this movie without a doubt, this has to go in my permanent collection.
If I haven't got you itching to see it by now, all I can say is this. Tense. Intriguing. Unforgettable. Unusual. Shocking. One-of-a-kind. WATCH IT!
Netflix hits the mark yet again with one of their original movies!
Most horrors of this era are focused on fast, fake thrills. Kill scenes strung together by mundane scenes. They lack a buildup or great characterisations. This movie respected the story and the characters.
In short, a psychiatrist attempts to recover from a violent attack by a former patient, by diving back into the world of psychiatry. But there is so much more to the story, some of which I didn't see coming at all!
I loved how the movie really gives the viewer an inside look at the world of psychiatry through the eyes of our protagonist Dr. Jane Mathis (Vinessa Shaw). How the mind works has always been a fascination of mine. Most horror movies that touch on this subject matter, rush through the details of patient progress and get to the action and horror. This film offered a deeper look into the mind and the process of how one is guided when aspiring to overcome trauma.
With a steady pace that slowly fills with tension and suspense, it exceeded my expectations. There is always that fear, that you put effort into a movie with a gradual progression rather than kill-scene-kill-scene, that the ending won't be worth it. Well, don't waste your time worrying about that with this film. I vividly recall my mouth opening at the first twist, then at the second twist, I was flabbergasted.
Also, props to the filmography department, there were some beautiful shots tying the film together. Also, you have to respect a movie that doesn't deafen us with an abundance of loud sound effects to coincide with the 'jumpy' bits. This movie is cleverer than that. It relies on making us at first unsettled, and our own anxiety thickens as we have been programmed to expect something to happen when everything is quiet, especially at night. Sometimes something happens, other times it doesn't. We as an observer pick this up fast. This is partly what keeps us on edge throughout.
Did I mention it's genuinely creepy? If you are wanting a heavy serving of blood and guts, you'll be disappointed. This film serves us a generous dose of creepiness instead, without constantly falling on guts hanging out or heads being chopped off. However, there are some bloody moments, but they were essential to the visceral shock the audience needed to empathize with Dr Mathis and truly understand her struggles. When most people experience trauma, they don't have to go back into a career that revolves around dealing with trauma patients. And while at first she tackles easier cases, her guilt eventually leads her back into more serious cases. Could they drudge up memories? Could they hinder her progress? Watch and see!
All in all, a steady pace, chills, intrigue, and a mind-blowing twist within a twist, make this movie well worth watching. Add it to your Netflix list ASAP!
Have you missed any of these horror gems on Netflix? If you have, I suggest you get watching!
1. The Den
3. House of Wax
4. Queen of the Damned
6. The Uninvited
8. The Amytville Horror (2005)
9. Would You Rather
What are you waiting for? If you've missed any, add them to your Netflix list ASAP!
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