"Intense and Excessive"
What You Need To Know:
DON’T BREATHE may be the most intense thriller of the past decade. It’s extremely well made. That said, though people are punished for their crimes, a couple people also get away with doing bad things. One of them is even rewarded. DON’T BREATHE also contains lots of strong foul language, a couple of lewd, repulsive twists, and very strong, often scary, violence.
(PaPa, B, H, Ab, LLL, VVV, SS, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview with some light moral elements, where people are punished for the evil they do, but a couple characters also get away with things, plus one character makes an appeal to God, but another character contends there is no God after he hears that appeal; about 58 obscenities and one Jesus profanity; lots of strong and very strong intense, scary violence includes shootings, woman accidentally shot dead, and later it’s revealed she was also pregnant, scary guard dog attacks people and chases them, woman hides in car from scary dog, woman punched and beaten, man drags woman down isolated street, a pool of blood under one character, man falls onto glass sky roof of garden shed attached to house, man tries to stab another man with large garden shears, but the shears hit a metal object and are deflected, characters find a woman chained up in a basement, and later another woman is chained there, but she manages to escape, blind man viciously hunts down intruders in his home, blind man fires gun at people he suspects are in his living room but he misses, etc.; no depicted sex, but several lewd references and twists, including references to forcibly inseminating two women artificially with a plastic turkey baster but one of the women forces the turkey baster down his throat; no nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, strong miscellaneous immorality (some of which isn’t punished) includes stealing, kidnapping, breaking and entering, accidental death is covered up, man says he’s forcibly inseminated the woman, who killed his daughter whole she was driving drunk so that she can give him another daughter, and blackmail.
DON’T BREATHE is an extremely intense thriller about three thieves who enter a blind veteran’s house to steal a couple million dollars he received after his daughter was killed by a rich drunk driver. DON’T BREATHE may be the most intense thriller of the past decade, but it’s rated R and sends a mixed moral message where people are punished for their crimes, but several people also rewarded, with lots of strong foul language, a couple lewd, repulsive twists, and very strong, often scary, violence.
Three young thieves in Detroit, a woman and two men, plan to sneak into the isolated home of a blind veteran, who’s reportedly hiding $2 million from a settlement with a rich family after his daughter was killed by a drunk driver. The younger of the two men is reluctant to do the job, even though the man’s home is surrounded by abandoned houses in a rundown Detroit neighborhood. However, he’s smitten by the female thief, who desperately wants to leave Detroit with her younger sister; so, he goes along with the plan.
That night, the thieves break into the veteran’s home, but the blind man manages to kill the older male thief. The woman and the younger man hide, but the blind vet manages to block their escape and starts to hunt them down. An extremely tense game of cat and mouse ensues.
DON’T BREATHE may be the most intense thriller of the past decade. At times, it’s shot like a horror movie as the three thieves move around the old man’s house, including his basement, and he comes after them violently. It turns out the blind veteran is hiding a secret showing that he himself is not just an innocent victim. This increases the stakes in the movie, because once this is revealed, it becomes clear he will do anything to keep his secret. The blind vet also has a scary guard dog that eventually wakes up after the sedative the three thieves gave him wears off.
DON’T BREATHE’s main characters are well rounded. They have their good points and their bad points. After awhile, you just want the two remaining thieves to get out of the house and away from the blind veteran, even though you sympathize with the veteran because of his daughter’s loss.
Although it’s very well crafted, DON’T BREATHE sends some mixed messages. In one way or another, all of the main characters are punished for the bad things they do. However, a couple of them also get away with a couple crimes at the end. In fact, they are rewarded, though one of the rewards is not as good as the other one.
DON’T BREATHE also contains lots of strong foul language, including many “f” words and one strong profanity. Secondly, the intense fighting between the old man and the two remaining thieves contains several very scary, very violent moments. Finally, a couple lewd twists in the movie’s second half are a bit gross and repulsive.
All in all, therefore, DON’T BREATHE may be extremely well crafted, but its negative content becomes excessive and unacceptable.