THE COMMERCIAL MOVIE OF THE WEEK
DON’T BREATHE (2016) by Fede Álvarez
“Break-ins to horror”
If you are a lover of tension, suspense and fright in a cinema seat, “Don’t breathe” is your film. Truth is that we aren’t going to find a typical horror story, for example, demonic possessions or haunted houses; the plot that this movie presents is very realistic: three young people (each one with different needs and motivations) assault houses as way to prosper in life till one of their break-ins goes wrong and they themselves will becomes the victims of their own greed and lack of ethic.
Directed by Fede Álvarez, “Don’t breathe” is a thriller that keeps the viewer in tension almost the whole movie without need of appealing to the most intrinsical fears of human kind and without the intentions of creating in your head a paranoia that will chase you to bed.
Noteworthy plot (that stays away from the common in the genre) and a lot of skill at the time of capturing the tension and anxiety in the tape are the achievements of the uruguayan director that gifts a scene worthy of being studied in the faculties of communication and that is a real lesson about “how to transmit tension in the cinema” worthy of being able to match up with other mythical sequences of the suspense cinema like the one that will gift us Alejandro Amenábar with “Tesis”.
I won’t talk about the scene so I don’t ruin the surprise to the future audience of the film, but what I do want to highlight are the marvellous sequence shots that introduce the viewer inside the action, almost transforming it in a raider more at the same time that they create perfectly that anxiety of vital importance in a horror film able of making us uncomfortable in our own seat.
Fede Álvarez shows us at the same time a moral trial since we don’t know who to empathize inside the plot, that is, should we do it with the ex war veteran whose daughter got killed in an accident and whose behavior and actions as a result of this events they turn him into a clear inmoral? or conversely empathize with the young assaulters that will see how the house that hides the loot of their dreams turns into a real mousetrap and and their victim, so carefully selected, their own executioner.
In conclusion, if you are a lover of the horror genre you can’t let go this movie that with only two weeks out in the USA has already monetized by itself on the ticket office, so everything seems to indicate that we will have a second part…
Traducido por: María García-Romeu.