Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto
I haven’t invested much time in praising Don’t Breathe, I think the film is really rather brilliant, but I’ve been more than content to sit back and let some of our other great contributors cover the flick. I’ve just enjoyed it the three times I’ve seen it, and developed a bit of love for the pic. Sony got the disc out my way, so I do indeed want to do my part. The film deserves as much, and more.
The Blu-ray isn’t overflowing with extras, but we fans aren’t slighted in the least bit. The bonus supplements are all enjoyable, and when you factor in the audio track, which features commentary from Fede Alvarez and Stephen Lang, you’ve got a handful of hours of informative and well-assembled bonus goodies. It’s solid – worthy of the purchase price, for sure.
As for the picture itself, well, I think my thoughts mirror the thoughts of the majority: Don’t Breathe is a superb feature. It attempts some new things, and it introduces a series of wildly complex characters. These aren’t cardboard cutouts, and these aren’t predictably vanilla personalities. Their motives are realistic while ironic, and that may sound strange, but it feels organic. It’s flawed. We’re all flawed, and Don’t Breathe embraces that, and it makes for a very engaging and inventive piece of work. It also goes a long way in verifying what a great number of us suspected after the Evil Dead remake: Fede Alvarez is the real deal.
I love the ensemble in this film. Whoever handled the casting (Rich Delia is credited on imdb) did a stellar job. It’s obvious that Alvarez himself opted to go with Levy, given their history together that’s no surprise, but the addition of Dylan Minnette was excellent, and Daniel Zovatto really surprises as “Money.” As for Stephen Lang, well, this is all his. Don’t Breathe is Stephen Lang’s showcase. He doesn’t need one. He’s one of the finest in the game and has been for a number of years, but he’s treated like that fresh-faced young superstar that a lot of folks are investing in early. Again, the man has been around damn near 40 years, but this little beast feels like it was built around Stephen Lang. It was clearly an intelligent approach, so kudos to Lang and Alvarez alike – they knew what needed be done to really push this one toward the realms of greatness, and they clearly went for it, all the way.
I haven’t checked out the DVD of this film, so I’m not certain as to the exact bonus lineup, but if it’s a carbon copy of what’s featured on Blu-ray you can expect about a half dozen featurettes on the disc, eight deleted scenes and the aforementioned audio track with Alvarez and Lang. It’s a rewarding package as a whole, and the extras – as a whole – don’t feel like basic disc filler, they feel pretty spirited and educational. It’s a thumbs up from me, even if I would have liked to have seen a few more featurettes and perhaps a second audio track.
Film Rating: 4.5/5
Blu-ray Rating: 4/5