A trio of burglars, Money (Daniel Zovatto), Rocky (Jane Levy) and Alex (Dylan Minnette), in Detroit make money by breaking into houses and selling off the goods. They are able to gain access to many peoples homes thanks to Alex whose father owns a security company. The trio learn of an army vet named Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) who was awarded a $300,000 settlement after his daughter was killed in a car accident. Norman lives in an abandoned neighbourhood and although his house is much nicer than those surrounding it, it is believed that all the money is still kept inside the house. Even after they find out that Norman is blind, their desires to get the money and create their escape is all the motivation they need. Although they have scoped out the house and brought tools and gadgets, their entry into the house is anything but catlike. After setting off a silent chloroform bomb to put Norman to sleep, they begin their search for the money. A bolted and locked door to the basement seems like the most obvious place to start with Money deciding to use a gun to blow the lock. Alex is thrown off by Money’s gun and chooses to back out of the job leaving Rocky and Money alone in the house. The blind man appears silently and demands to know who is in his house. Money, who is still holding his gun, believes he has the upper hand, especially while still holding a weapon and against a blind man, but the tables turn quickly and suddenly Rocky and Alex find themselves trapped inside the house. Their only way out is through the bolted door, into the basement and out of the cellar, but what they find in the basement is only the beginning of their nightmare.
Shout out to Fede Alvarez, Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert for creating such a well done horror and thriller. The movie plays off of so many different elements and emotions with sympathy for this man who seems to have lost so much and dislike for these hoodlums breaking into his house, but the tables turn quickly into a nightmare maze and a rush to escape. There are noises, jumps, pop ups and cringeworthy scenes familiar to the horror genre mixed with a well written story to hold it all together. I was intrigued from the moment I saw the preview and I have to say that if you are a horror or thriller fan, Don’t Breathe is a must see.