mum and dad
I was very very very excited by this film, I had heard very good things about it, and it had done pretty well over the summer when it came out. And I liked the concept of it, the whole robbers breaking into a blind man's house and trying to steal from him - that's interesting. And how they would make that into a whole film, and interpret his blindness into it, I was intrigued.
My parents had also heard of it, not as much as me, but they knew of it - this means they are more likely to watch a horror a lot of the time. And it started well...
When I say it started well, I mean the film as a whole isn't a bad film, it's good. It keeps the tension well, it is very clever with how it uses the mans lack of slight and making the robbers see through his eyes, and it was enjoyable. The film is called Don't Breathe and for the obvious reason, he is blind so his hearing is heightened, he can hear someone breathing. And the characters are warned to breathe through their nose - YOU DO THIS TOO. In the times when it is pitch black, you find yourself holding your breath, you find yourself breathing through your nose and sometimes not even moving. Even if some of the film let itself down, the tension did not - it did that part brilliantly.
And I especially knew that by how my mum was reacting, bless her. She was sitting on her side of the sofa, curled up and at some points actually hiding behind her hands. She may have pulled out some hair too at the same time.. But my dad, is like stone, does not flinch, it takes a lot to make him flinch, but Don't Breathe tried hard.
Don't Breathe, as I said, is a very good film at keeping the tension, and it isn't all about the cheap scares, which is always good. But, but, it has got its flaws, like most things.
One flaw, and this isn't really the films fault, it could be partly mine but mainly down to the people who advertise it, that flaw is the trailer. The trailer, in my opinion, shows too much, it shows one of the main characters being killed, and being there are only really four main characters and a death of one of them is normally a big deal; showing the death before anyone has even seen the film, doesn't seem like a good idea.
It shows a few bits to the other twists too, not huge things, but little hints that in some ways could give it away.
That leads me to another little flaw, the twist. I adore twists in films, if I hear a film has a good twist, I will go out of my way to see it. But, a twist can also kill a film, a film can be really really good, but if the ending is bad, you leave feeling a bit, meh. This kind of left you like that.
Well so my parents said, this may have been my fault a little, I said it had a really messed up twist, which I had heard, and it wasn't that great. It has a few, I won't say what they are, but it is meant to have two. One is quite shocking, but the other right at the end goes right over your head. The best thing about it is the added part to the first twist, it just made us feel a little dirty and for what it is, is done in a very original way. It's pretty sick - but I quite like sick in horror films. In a non weird way.
That was the best part of the twists, the rest you either saw coming or didn't care much for.
Don't Breathe isn't a terrible film, but I did have very high expectations and it did not reach them. Doesn't mean we didn't enjoy it though, me, my mum and my dad all said it wasn't too bad, wouldn't watch it in a flash again, but I wouldn't be afraid to in, say, a few years or months. It wasn't awful, I just wanted more of a twist I think. And I can't fault it for its originality.
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