“Don’t Breathe” (2016)

The film starts out good, with scenes of genuine tension, and it makes great use of the darkness and silence, as well as the atmosphere of a creepy old house to great effect. Then the film’s third act rolls around, and it completely loses me. It takes a rather shocking and bizarre turn that feels like a total disconnect from what came before. The main characters make some infuriating decisions that just make you want to scream at them. And by the time the climax rolls around, any sense of realism has been flushed down the drain, especially in its terrible ending. This was a film I liked when I first saw it, but the more I thought about it, the less I liked it.

Rating: 2.5/5

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