It's Cold in Tha D)
Release Date: August 26th.
Written by: Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.
Directed by: Fede Alvarez.
Starring: Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Dylan Minette, and Daniel Zovatto.
When unknown Urugayan director Fede Alvarez signed on to direct a remake of the Sam Raimi classic, The Evil Dead, we just knew it was going to suck. I mean, how do you remake such a beloved, gritty Horror movie in this day and age of glossy, over-sanitized shit? Surely just about everything that made the original (and its sequels) so great would be lost in translation, right?
The Evil Dead remake not only didn't suck, but it was surprisingly awesome. What Fede Alvarez did with that movie still has us scratching our heads, because his version of Evil Dead was lean, mean, bloody, and all kinds of compelling. Read our review HERE.
Turns out that his sophomore effort, Don't Breathe, is also lean and mean, and it does the whole Home Invasion thing to near perfection.
|YES, YOU REALLY HAVE TO CALL HIM "MONEY."|
|LIKE THEY WERE PLANNING ON SCREAMING OR SOMETHING?|
A botched home invasion ensues.
|LITERALLY, DON'T BREATHE.|
It's a short movie, clocking in at about 88 minutes, but because of that short run-time, it never really drags or loses any steam. It's a pretty straight-forward, intense, punch to the gut kind of a movie, and the way that Fede Alvarez pulled it off was pretty impressive. We kind of felt some sympathy for the thieves in this one, although their skeevy asses were robbing a blind dude with a sad life story, so maybe we didn't like them all that much. Then again, we felt bad for the blind guy, being a lonely war veteran who just tragically lost his daughter, being at the mercy of three thieves woo want his money... although about halfway through, everything gets flipped on its ass and we learn that maybe he's not such a nice guy either.
The twisty "Who in the hell are we supposed to be rooting for?" dynamic played with our heads throughout this one, and made for a clever storyline.
Jane Levy rocks. We love that girl, and she was great in this one, even if her hoodrat character was a bit shady and self-serving. It was the ever-awesome Stephen Lang though who stole the show in Don't Breathe. He's been an excellent character actor since the 80's who has seen his star rise in recent years (thanks mostly to Avatar, we imagine), and it's well-deserved. The guy plays scary and intense as well as just about anyone does, and he made for a formidable foe in this one.
|HE WAS GREAT IN SALEM, TOO.|
That kind of plot-device shit drives me insane, and it makes me look at the characters like they're idiots.
Someone posted online, in reference to this movie "Who would actually live in a neighborhood like that?!?" I don't know, dickhead, maybe someone who can't afford to move, even though they'd love nothing more? Some people are born into certain neighborhoods and lack the tools to get themselves out. Even more crazy is that there are some people who love their shitty neighborhoods, and try like hell to make them better. That's a losing battle in some ways, but I have to admire their pluck.
There are lots of good people in The D, and yeah, some of the neighborhoods they live in are downright scary, but it's not all like that.
|DUDES LIKE MONEY EXIST THOUGH. REAL TALK.|
|YEAH, US TOO, JANE.|
|YEAH, YOU HAVE STUPID NAMES.|
Don't Breathe is in theaters now.
Jane Levy. How we adore thee.