Don’t Breathe is a 2016 American horror film directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues. The film stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang, and focuses on three friends who get trapped inside a blind man’s house while breaking into it. It received critically positive reviews and grossed over $152 million, which is fantastic for a lower budget film made on $9.9 million.
Rocky, Alex, and Money are three Detroit delinquents who make a living by breaking into homes secured by Alex’s father’s security company and selling the items they take. However the man who Money, their sort of leader and overall douchebag, sells the stuff too isn’t very much and not nearly enough to fund Rocky’s dream of moving to California with her little sister Diddy to escape their neglectful mother and her alcoholic boyfriend. The man tells Money about a Gulf war veteran living in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood has $300,000 in cash in his house, given as a settlement after a wealthy young woman, Cindy Roberts, killed his daughter in a car accident. The three stake out the blind man’s house and find out that he is blind and lives alone with just a ferocious Rottweiler for company. As the blind man hasn’t left his house for several days, they decide to break into his house at night, whereas they usually break in during the day time.
At night they drug the dog by using some meat and sneak in through a small window and search the house in vain. Find a locked door, Money shoots the lock open waking up the blind man. Money holds the gun towards him and threatens him but he is subdued by the veteran and murdered by his own gun. Rocky hides in a closet, where she witnesses the Blind Man open a safe to check on his money. After he leaves, Alex finds Rocky in the closet, and the two open the safe and take the money. Meanwhile, the Blind Man finds Money’s and Rocky’s shoes downstairs, and realizes that Money was not the only intruder. Rocky and Alex evade the blind man and go downstairs to the basement where they find a restrained, gagged woman in a homemade padded cell. She holds a piece of a newspaper towards them that lets them know that she is infact Cindy Roberts, who went missing after the settlement. The two let her free and about to go out through the storm cellar door when the blind man comes in with the gun and shoots at them. Cindy is killed and Rocky and Alex flee into the cellar while the Blind Man, enraged at Cindy’s death, shuts off the lights. After a struggle, Alex subdues the Blind Man, and Rocky follows him back upstairs. The blind man dumps Cindy’s body in the septic tank.
They come out of the basement and run into the dog, who is now recovered. Alex and Rocky are unable to unlock the front door in time before the dog attacks them, and so they flee into the upstairs bedroom, where they find themselves trapped by the barred windows. Rocky escapes the room through a ventilation duct, while the dog breaks into the bedroom and attacks Alex, who falls out of a window onto a skylight and briefly falls unconscious. Alex awakens, falls through the glass after the blind man shoots at the skylight and is subdued, seemingly dead after the blind man attacks him with a tool. Rocky escapes from the dog and falls to the basement cellar where she is captured by the blind man wakes up restrained in the basement, where the Blind Man reveals that Cindy was carrying his child in order to replace the one she killed. He prepares to impregnate Rocky with a turkey baster, using his frozen sperm, but Alex, still alive, intervenes and handcuffs him. Rocky gags him with the baster at the two friends plan to leave. They attempt to leave through the front door, but the Blind Man breaks free and shoots Alex dead. Rocky flees, but the dog pursues her.
She manages to trap the dog in her car trunk, but is recaptured by the Blind Man and dragged back to his house. Inside, Rocky disorients the Blind Man by setting off his house’s loud alarm system, then beats him with a crowbar and knocks him into the basement; the gun goes off and shoots him as he falls. Rocky leaves him to die and escapes before the police arrive. With the money Rocky buys tickets to go to California with her kid sister and sees a news report stating that the Blind Man killed two intruders (Alex and Money) in his house and survived his injuries, but, for some reason, did not report Rocky or the stolen money. Rocky then starts leaving the train station, heading out of Detroit.
Terrific, tension filled film that leaves you gripping the arms of your seat throughout the film from the time the three break into the house. Shock, gasp and gag. It’s an 8 outta 10!