Don't Breathe features three kids: Rocky, Alex and Money, who rob houses to make a living. Sometimes they take the money, sometimes not. Either way, some of them don't mind being a little naughty and pissing on the floor. They make a living off of it, especially Rocky, the girl of the group, who has a little sister and a mother who blames Rocky for her husband's death and has been the new Dursley mother to both of them. Money finds out that there is a blind former war veteran living on Buena Vista Street that is said to have 300k hiding somewhere in his house. The three of them decide to attempt the heist, but blind or not, that man may not be willing to give up that money so easy, or let the intruders go so easy either.
One thing I can guarantee for you if you see this movie is you'll think one thing and it will stick with you for a long time: The Blind Man is the exact figurehead of a monster who deserves his head to be cut off. Stephen Lang is terrific in playing the rogue rapscallion that is The Blind Man. And I thought he was ferocious in Avatar. Phew! One thing I sort of found with the movie at first was that it is scary. The idea, in all its simplicity, is a gold idea and a terrifying nightmare for just about everyone. However, there weren't many jump scares. It was a scary regime, but maybe not a skin-jumper-outer. But was it a predictable movie? No, mostly. I was always interested in what would happen next, which is a benefit in the horror genre. I dare you to name one horror film that got boring.
I also enjoyed the ideas around the idea of being blind, especially this time where our heroes are in the dark. It's a realistic horror piece, not knowing where you are or what's around you. It reminded me of the moments in the second Escape from Furnace story, Solitary, where the characters were closed in a confined space and everywhere was scary even though everywhere was nowhere. Except here, everywhere is somewhere, and are they going to survive to see the dawn? That is the question.
There's one major story idea I had a bit of a problem with. Not a big big one when I saw the choices it chose to make, but I feel it would've been a bit better. Maybe. Rocky and Alex talk about separation, and it's clear they've been friends staking out houses for a long time, and right off the bat Jane Levy (Rocky) and Alex (Dylan Minette of AATTHNGVBD and Goosebumps) have excellent chemistry and are anything but unlikeable, and they aren't able to discuss the matter as far as I was hoping. It's not really clear how The Blind Man is as, well, invulnerable as he is. And there's a decision the writers made that I was just hoping wouldn't happen when I was disappointed with the end of The Purge: Election Year. The action doesn't stop or swivel after it happens, though, and it made the best of a bad situation. Basically, I was always interested in what was going to happen next, and it doesn't sway from what it set out to do in terms of primary story and scaring with thoughts, so I'm recommending Don't Breathe.
This is a movie that does not refrain from being tragic and doesn't try to humanize the antagonist in any way that would make you rethink wanting to support Rocky, Alex and Money in killing him.