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Times of India
Three teenage thieves - Rocky (Levy), Money (Zovatto) and Alex (Minnette) - desperate to make enough money and leave for a better life in California, break into the house of a blind Army veteran Norman Nordstrom (Lang). They received a tip off that he has a stash of more than $300,000 hidden away and thereby, with this dough, they will be able to fulfill their dreams. But things start to go wrong for them very, very quickly.
Right from the opening frame, Don't Breathe gets into the heart of things with an ominous scene that looks straight out of a nightmare, but yet , is real-world enough. As for the rest of the movie, imagine a twisted version of Panic Room (where Jodie Foster rocked) and a very scary home-invasion story where it's no big deal breaking into the house, but the heart-in-your-mouth factor comes from the fact that the three cannot get out.
Rocky is a free-spirited girl who has the most ambition of the lot. Oh, and she loves shoes. Money is the tough-talking hooligan and Alex is the baby-faced cautious one, also the smartest of the trio. What makes this film different is that it is largely devoid of jump scares that have become a Hollywood horror cliche. To give you an idea of the atmosphere, remember Silence of the Lambs? The terror that Clarice felt when she's in pitch darkness, battling a deranged psychotic? Well ramp that up by a factor of ten. Although Lang is blind, he is nonetheless very strong and his sense of smell and hearing compensates, ironically, giving him an advantage in the dark over the three who have all their faculties functioning fine.
Giving the movie a tight, gripping feel is the superb tracking camerawork (courtesy cinematographer Pedro Luque), especially in the parts that take place in Nordstrom's basement. And they also stumble upon a secret that The Blind Man has kept hidden from any prying eyes. Enough said about that ! Suffice to say that within the first few minutes of the movie, you'll find out why it's called Don't Breathe. It's fantastic. Go watch it.
‘Don’t Breathe’ was originally titled ‘A Man in the Dark’.
Director Fede Alvarez sought inspiration for this movie from his own childhood while growing up in Montevideo, Uruguay.
In the film, actor Stephen Lang wore contact lenses that greatly restricted his vision, particularly in low light conditions. The other actors with scenes in the dark wore lenses that made them look like they had dilated pupils.
The house where the old man lives is called ‘Buena Vista’, which translates to ‘Good Sight’ or ‘Good Eye Sight’ in Spanish. The old man is blind in the film.
Actor Stephen Lang only has about 13 lines of dialogue in the whole movie, most of which are delivered towards the end of the movie.
Actors Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto had previously appeared together on an episode of the television drama ‘Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’.
The film’s leading actors Jane Levy and Dylan Minnette share the same birthday- December 29.
Rocky, Alex, and Money are three Detroit delinquents who make a living by breaking into homes secured by Alex's father's security company and selling the items they steal. However, the person buying the stolen goods from Money doesn't give them a fair price, and not nearly enough to fund Rocky's dream of moving to California with her little sister Diddy to escape her neglectful mother Ginger. Money receives a tip that an Army veteran (credited as the Blind Man, but actually named Norman Nordstrom according to Alvarez) living in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood has at least $300,000 in cash in his house; it was given to him as a settlement after Rebecca, a wealthy young woman, killed his daughter in a car accident. After some deliberation, the three decide to break into the house at night, after staking it out during the day and discovering that the man is in fact blind.
That night, the three approach the house and drug the Blind Man's dog. Finding all the entrances locked, Rocky enters the house through a small window and lets the other two in. The group searches the house for the money, but are unable to find it; assuming it must be behind a locked door, Money shoots the lock. The resulting noise wakes up the Blind Man, who quickly disarms Money and kills him with his own gun. Rocky hides in a closet, where she witnesses the Blind Man open a safe to check on his money. After he leaves, Alex finds Rocky in the closet, and the two open the safe and take the money, amazed to discover at least $1 million inside. Meanwhile, the Blind Man discovers Rocky's shoes (along with Money's) downstairs, and realizes that Money was not the only intruder.
Rocky and Alex evade the Blind Man and find a door leading to the basement. While running for a storm cellar door to let them out, they are surprised by a restrained, gagged woman in a homemade padded cell. She shows them a newspaper article stating that Rebecca was found innocent after killing the Blind Man's daughter thanks to her family's wealth; Rocky and Alex realize that she is Rebecca, held captive by the Blind Man. They find a set of keys in another safe, unlock her, and run for the storm cellar door, only to be surprised by the Blind Man, who shoots at Rocky and Alex with Money's gun, but mistakenly kills Rebecca instead. Rocky and Alex escape back into the cellar while the Blind Man, enraged at Rebecca's death, shuts off the lights, saying "Now you see what I see". After a struggle, Alex knocks out the Blind Man, and Rocky follows him through the dark back up to the house.
Finding their exits blocked, Rocky attempts to escape the house through the ventilation system, while Blind Man's dog recovers from the drugs and attacks Alex, who falls out of a window onto a skylight. The awakened Blind Man shoots the skylight, sending Alex falling through, and drags him into his utility room. After a brief struggle, the Blind Man stabs Money's corpse (which he had moved earlier) with a pair of shears, mistaking it for Alex. Meanwhile, the dog pursues Rocky through the vents, and she is captured by the Blind Man. She wakes up restrained in the basement, where the Blind Man reveals that Rebecca was carrying his child in order to replace the one she killed (explaining why he was so distraught at her death). The Blind Man says that she willingly did so (although this is unlikely considering her confinement) and had promised to release her when the child was born. He says that Rocky must take Rebecca's place, since her actions resulted in her death, and give him a child, after which he will let her go. He is about to forcibly inseminate Rocky with a turkey baster when Alex knocks him out again and handcuffs him.
Alex wants to call the police, even though their blood is all over the house, but Rocky says that they will not be able to keep the money, so they attempt to leave through the front door. However, The Blind Man reawakens, escapes his restraints and shoots Alex fatally, but Rocky escapes outside, pursued by the dog. Although she manages to trap the dog in her car trunk, she is captured again by the Blind Man and brought back to his house. Rocky disorients the Blind Man by setting off his house's loud alarm system, then beats him with a crowbar and pushes him into the basement, knocking him unconscious, and flees just as the police arrives.
With the money, Rocky prepares to leave Detroit on a train to Los Angeles with Diddy. Before boarding the train, she sees a news report stating that the Blind Man killed two intruders (Alex and Money) in his house and is in stable condition in the hospital. The newscast states that, for some reason, the Blind Man did not report any stolen goods. The film ends as Rocky and Diddy leave through the departures gate.